like i know some people that have turkey on xmas, but we usually did ham, because we “just had turkey” and also my paternal grampa didn’t like poultry for some reason. but now that we usually just have xmas dinner without any extended family, we just have whatever. last year my sister made beef wellington. or my mom might make lasagna.
it’s all delicious, but a big classic turkey dinner on thanksgiving is where it’s at for me. gramma’s stuffing and gravy, classic mashed potatoes, jellied cranberry sauce, mom’s sweet potatoes, etc. PLUS it happens to also be my birthday so in addition to delicious things like pumpkin pie and apple pie, i get cherry cheesecake or other dessert of my choosing.
@Gypsigirl213 i’m sorry! that’s a bummer. a friend of mine hosted an orphans thanksgiving & misfit xmas for ages - we even skyped a friend in for dinner one year. one year due to a death in the family it was kind of a “christmas is canceled” vibe and it was just my partner and i unexpectedly, and i went down to the corner store which had just closed. i begged him to open and he did, and then he even opened the deli and sold me all the sliced turkey he had. i grabbed a box of stovetop, a can of cranberry, and a pumpkin pie. we had hot open face turkey sandwiches. i’ll never forget the kindness that man paid me. sometimes the holidays are hard and it’s even harder when you’re on your own. i hope this year is peaceful for you
@Gypsigirl213@jerk_nugget we often have “holiday orphans” for various reasons. It’s a great way to spend the Holiday. For us Thanksgiving is typically smoked turkey, cornbread stuffing, cheesy grits, ratatouille, squash, garlic smashed potatoes, cornbread, and various snacks like my wife’s caramel corn, white trash and crack (yes those are real things and no, they’re not illegal). And typically several other things.
@chienfou thank you, i love these bot responses XD (really!) last year it really was on thanksgiving, but we always just celebrate on thanksgiving regardless. (my dad’s bday too which is 11/30.) when i was born i was actually three weeks late - back then they didn’t induce as much as they do now - so i always say i refused to come out until a feast was prepared
@jerk_nugget yeah, I know what you mean about inducing… My daughter was about 3 weeks late, and thankfully we were living close to the Canadian border so we used a Canuck OB/Gyn. They were most supportive of letting nature take it’s course, even with a planned home birth.
Of course that was almost 40 yrs ago (whoa… I’m getting old!) and now many births are ‘scheduled’ so they don’t interfere with other more important activities, like the Crimson Tide game that week etc.
BTW did you see this bot string?
@chienfou yup, i’ll be 36 in a couple months so the timeline checks out my sister came along a decade or so after me and a day or two after my mom’s due date they were like nope, we’re doing this now! and also basically sent my mom home the next day, vs. letting her stay for a week.
and i had missed that bot string, thank you for the bonus laughs!
I love that Passover is an option. The seder is a very elaborate meal, even if it’s not by most standards a very tasty one… Plus, who really wants to turn down the traditional roasted lamb and flatbread after that - it’s practically barbecue.
@jsfs Ugh. I never understood why we celebrate the freedom of our people by suffering as they did…
I’m talking about matzoh.
I’d rather eat a cardboard pizza box - at least it might have a trace of flavor from leftover grease and cheese.
If I’d ever been served roasted lamb and actual flatbread, I might have a higher opinion of Passover, but it’s always only been brisket and turkey.
The one redeeming tradition is my mother’s flourless chocolate mousse cake.
If we’re talking Jewish holidays, I’ll take Yom Kippur any day. We always celebrate with brunch, which is hands-down the best meal humanity ever came up with. Bagels & cream cheese, lox & eggs, kippers, latkes, etc. Already looking forward to it.
In fact, I’d pick a good Yom Kippur brunch over any of the other holidays offered.
@jsfs Well, my aunt, who always did Passover, was a pretty bland cook. And the menu never changed. Ever.
Since she passed away, my brother has taken over Passover and I have to say, I have a much higher opinion of brisket since he started making it.
@DennisG2014 As a Texan, there is really only one appropriate way to prepare brisket: smoke it for hours. We’re fairly serious about our BBQ down here; “blandly prepared brisket” are fighting words. I hope you never have reason to think them again.
@kittykat9180@moonhat I was torn between Halloween and Thanksgiving, but the baked sweets at Thanksgiving won the battle as the holiday also comes with leftovers to make mashed potato & turkey on dinner roll sandwiches.
@tinamarie1974 It was best before chinamart and the other stores started crashing black friday into Thanksgiving day, and wrecking things for their employees. Thanksgiving for me too, but I look forward to shopping at stores that don’t open on Thanksgiving Day.
@duodec@tinamarie1974 here, here! I sleep in on Friday in protest. I know no one cares, but at least I feel better. I’m just glad no one in the family works anywhere that makes them come in on Thursday. It’s sad that a family day becomes a “hurry off and leave the family to get crappy deals just so you can brag” day. Though I’ll probably shop on meh from my phone… Is that bad?