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I’m on my way to pick up my nephew from the train station.  He’s going to visit for Thanksgiving and I’m so excited.  He has been living with relatives in another state for the last few months while he finishes up High School. This will be a reprieve for him since the relatives are very liberal.   Poor boy – he grew up surrounded by very conservative family (and extended family).  His mom told me to be prepared for him to talk my ears off!  It will be such a joy to hear an 18 year old who voted for the first time tell of his experiences with liberalism!   Seriously, people; there IS hope for this country.

He has been planning to join the Navy after graduation for some years now.   He was planning on being a cook like his grandpa but now thinks he wants to be a medic.  Who knows, by the time he enlists he may decide to be a brain surgeon or even a rocket scientist. Whatever he does, he just wants to serve this wonderful country.  We were all praying that he would have a different Commander-in-Chief, but that still has not dissuaded him from serving.  God bless him!

So, what are your plans for the Thanksgiving holiday?

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  1. Ohio screwed it up Dan

    November 21st, 2012

    One of my daughter will be out of state. My son’s family will be having Thanksgiving with his wife’s family and we will be having dinner with my other daughter’s family. I think that sucks. So we are going to have another Thanksgiving dinner wiall my family the following Thursday.

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  2. FreeMan & Sarah Intend to Defend

    November 21st, 2012

    More than any other, this holiday means more to me and my family. We always have our family reunions now and it is FreeLady’s and my anniversary.

    While we can still do it we will have all the PA Dutch classics on the table.

    I fully intend to eat, drink, and feel Mary, if I can catch her.

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  3. Corky

    November 21st, 2012

    My husband, son, and I are with my 91 year old Dad in Pensacola. Happy Thanksgiving everyone!

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  4. Annie

    November 21st, 2012

    Top this: gotta a bucket of guacamole, chips, a pecan pie and a bucket of creme fraiche. Happy Thanksgiving!

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  5. Irish

    November 21st, 2012

    My entire family is with us for Thanksgiving, the first time we have all been together since my father passed. A Blessed day for me tomorrow.Happy Thanksgiving everyone and keep up the good fight!!

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  6. super toe

    November 21st, 2012

    My niece and her husband are having the dinner this year and the whole clan will be there…all 40 of us !
    I made the pies !

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  7. Aufklarer

    November 21st, 2012

    No family
    Feel like a fifth wheel wheel when friends invite me for dinner.
    Will probably order a pizza and watch the Lions lose to Texas.

    No such thing as a fifth wheel among real friends. I sincerely urge you to take your friends up on the offer and have a great Thanksgiving. – Irony

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  8. AvgDude

    November 21st, 2012

    I’m going to the local Kum & Go and buying one of those triangular sandwich packs with a turkey sandwich in it. I’m going to buy a half liter bottle of cranberry juice and enjoy them alone in my home which just happens to be… a van down by the river!!!

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  9. FreeMan & Sarah Intend to Defend

    November 21st, 2012

    Ah, the feel good story of the season. Turkey’s bite back.

    http://boston.cbslocal.com/2012/11/21/turkey-complaints-on-the-rise-in-brookline/

    .
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    Hahaha, that happens here in Minnesota every year. We see them all the time now. My roommate says she always thinks of dinner whenever she sees them! Yum! – c

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  10. Irish

    November 21st, 2012

    @ Auflarer Now I have a sad :( Happy Thanksgiving to you

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  11. IronyCurtain

    November 21st, 2012

    My mother-in-law is recovering nicely from surgery and coming home from the hospital tomorrow morning.
    Mrs. Curtain is already at her house preparing everything for her to just walk in and have a great Thanksgiving tomorrow with the family.

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  12. FreeMan & Sarah Intend to Defend

    November 21st, 2012

    Next year I intend to crash some liberals tax takers meal and get some of my money back. Why should I pay for mine when I am paying for so many already.

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  13. RANDO

    November 21st, 2012

    I am spending Thanksgiving with my brother and his family this year.
    I recently lost my job. After 30+ years, the owner is calling it quits.
    I am bringing the pie and the spinach dip, and I am thankful I have a family to share with.
    I will be putting olives on my fingetips, and playing the TomFool as usual.

    Count your blessings, everyone, and have a happy Thanksgiving!

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  14. jclady

    November 21st, 2012

    @FreeMan and FreeLady — Happy Anniversary!!! How many happy years? (yes, that’s a trick question)

    I used to cook Thanksgiving dinner for the whole clan (and loved it), but kids have grown up, moved on and my siblings are going to their kids’ homes — all out of state.

    One of my kids has to work tomorrow, so we’re going to her restaurant for dinner just so we can say we were together. Add to the mix a relative that we are now responsible for that does not get along with anyone on the face of the earth.

    I’m looking forward to the “after party” at our house with the few family members we get along with.

    Geez, now I’m bummed. Think I’ll start celebrating early……

    Cheers!

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  15. The Doktor

    November 21st, 2012

    The Lovely Mrs. Doktor and myself are having our sons over (with their ladies, of course) for the usual raucous, rapacious, rousing raising of the rafters. We have both been baking and cooking in preparation so that we don’t have to so much cook as warm-up dinner.

    Getting together with our boys is the one thing that I love to do in life. It is what I am most thankful for on this, my favorite, holiday.

    I am now going to try to find a theater that has “Atlas Shrugged, Part II” so that we can go see a late showing.

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  16. The Doktor

    November 21st, 2012

    BTW – EVERYONE – Have a joyful and fulfilling Thanksgiving this year. And to all who have family in the military – our most humble thanks for your, and their, sacrifice this year! Be well and SAFE!

    A special call out to Larry (folks on FB & Lucianne know who) who recently lost his beloved wife and just yesterday got into a terrible accident which totaled his car and injured him. We still do not know to WHAT extent he is injured and we wish him the best. GET WELL LARRY!!!

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  17. illustr8r

    November 21st, 2012

    My oldest best friend/2nd Mom passed away 2 years ago on Thanksgiving. The day went from my being favorite holiday to one that makes me melancholy. We would have dinner at her house-sometimes with her big family or just me and my husband. I’m still searching for a new holiday tradition.

    So, going out to a restaurant with my in-laws. My mother in law and I just couldn’t get it together to plan and cook (I just today finished a big project and have been under deadline FORever). We said the heck with it-let’s eat out. I did make date bread and she made pecan, pumpkin and cherry pies. We’ll have desert here-after desert there.

    Happy Thanksgiving iOTWers! :)
    XXOO

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  18. FreeMan & Sarah Intend to Defend

    November 21st, 2012

    @ JCLady
    That is a trick question. Seems like forever, but it is only 11 years since we are both each others 2nd attempt. We were married after our Thanksgiving Day family reunion and no one knew in advance, not even our kids. And we did it all in our mansion that we were restoring. Only the dining room and the kitchen had the heat from the fireplaces.

    She has 2 and I have one older kiddos and they will be here, along with my ma and her pa, and a few others.

    The dogs will have the best time, never having to serve or cleanup.

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  19. FreeMan & Sarah Intend to Defend

    November 21st, 2012

    Yes, I forgot –

    Happy Thanksgiving Everyone Here at ITOW.

    You all are my ounce of sanity in this cesspool of despair.

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  20. jclady

    November 21st, 2012

    @FreeMan — Great story!!!!

    Please tell FreeLady that I think she has a “keeper”. :)

    Here’s to a lifetime of happiness for y’all!

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  21. FreeMan & Sarah Intend to Defend

    November 21st, 2012

    @ JCLady

    She is a keeper, but will she keep me?

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  22. Aunt Liz

    November 21st, 2012

    Heading down to my brother’s with my mom and sister. Like Irish – this is the first Thanksgiving without my dad. S’okay though. He’s up in Heaven smiling down on us.

    Aufklarer – please take Irony’s advice. One of the best Thanksgivings I ever had was when one of my friends joined my family get together. Her family had decided not to celebrate, for whatever reason. It was mutually beneficial on so many levels. Get rid of the third wheel mindset. It doesn’t exist among friends.

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  23. Unruly Refugee

    November 21st, 2012

    Thanksgiving is when I miss my mom. She always did her best to prepare the best meal for us, and it always was the best. Especially her candied yams and pecan pie. I am pretty good at turning on the oven but my best cooking is done over a campfire. So I am lucky to have three daughters, one of which is a very good cook. So that is where I will be. Won’t see my son until next month. He just had surgery and now he is exempt from a third tour in jihadistanighan (hooray!).

    One thing I will not be doing is lighting off fire works. Does anybody else have redneck neighbors who light fireworks on Thanksgiving eve?? WTH?

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  24. Jethro

    November 21st, 2012

    Going to the in-laws tomorrow. My mother in law had her knee replaced about a month ago. My wife and her sisters are preparing dinner this year.
    I am having my mother, brothers and their families over on Sunday for OUR Thanksgiving.

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  25. MN Patriot

    November 21st, 2012

    @Aufklarer, same here sans any invites.

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  26. Lowell

    November 21st, 2012

    “So, what are your plans for the Thanksgiving holiday?”

    Probably going to sleep in. Won’t get up til six or so. Make a pot of coffee, rub the kitties til it’s ready. They like that a lot.

    When the sun gets up, I’ll rake some more leaves. Then I’ll start drinking.

    These holiday things have really got weird since the wife died last year. She was the one put on the feast, got things together, you know?

    The dogs will keep me company while I’m doing the leaves, they’re good puppies, and we’ll do a good bit of ‘ball!’ during this.

    Then, eventually, the sun will set and it will be the end of the 421st day since she’s been gone.

    I miss my wife. And you would too if you were one who had known her.

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  27. Jethro

    November 21st, 2012

    Hey Claudia – that is the pinkest slice of turkey I have ever seen….

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  28. Unruly Refugee

    November 21st, 2012

    Oh yeah, and turkey hunt if I have the time.

    God Bless all here at my favorite web place.

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  29. Unneutral

    November 21st, 2012

    There’s a great group of people here and it proves that even a diverse array of folks can pull in the proper direction to help keep a country functioning the way it should.

    The future is a serious challenge but not impossible.

    I hope the best to everyone that believes in all that America stands for.

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  30. norman einstein

    November 21st, 2012

    @Lowell, so sorry to hear about your wife.
    Thanksgiving can be a tough time when loved ones are no longer around to share them.
    Believe me, a lot of us will be having very simple celebrations, and counting our blessings, nevertheless.
    I’m glad you’ve got your kitties…I have a few critters myself, and know what a comfort they can be.

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  31. AbigailAdams

    November 21st, 2012

    Dear Lowell,

    There’s nothing in the whole wide world that will ever replace a beloved spouse. I think God set it up so that the husband (usually) goes first because He knew how hard it was on the men folk to lose their hearts. God bless you, friend.

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  32. serfer62

    November 21st, 2012

    Here in cattle country on the slopes of Mauna Loa few have blood family close enough to get together. So groups of friends form to share this Great American Tradition.
    I will be dining with the same friends as I have the past 32 years, unfortuneatly missing the several other invites I have.

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  33. Jeff Weimer

    November 21st, 2012

    Claudia, e-mail me. I’m a retired (22 years) Navy Senior Chief Fire Controlman (electronics repair – we start fires, not put them out) with a stepson in the Navy as a Corpsman (medic). I would love to talk to you and him about it, and get him in touch with my son who could give him up-to-the-minute gouge on what it’s like today.

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  34. AbigailAdams

    November 21st, 2012

    I’ve prepped everything I can tonight so I don’t have to spend the whole day in the kitchen. Hubby is scouting out a new brine recipe and he’ll be in charge of that for the turkey. Tomorrow I’m sleeping in and we’ll watch the Macy’s parade on the tee vee. I’m looking forward to seeing the new barry and mechelle balloon they’re debuting. I think he’s got a float, too. It will be us three. Mom doesn’t want to leave her dog alone overnight so my aunt and she will spend the day together. Sometimes it just sucks not having a large, extended family. I told dear husband that I’d really like to be part of Mitt Romney’s family for a couple of the holidays. All those cousins!

    Happy Thanksgiving!
    ~AA

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  35. jclady

    November 21st, 2012

    @Lowell — I am so sorry for your loss. However, please use the day to be thankful for the time you had with your wonderful wife instead of turning inside.

    My dad died on Christmas and it took several years before we released the sadness and began to again acknowledge the joy and meaning of the holiday.

    I hope that you can find peace and celebrate the holiday in the way she always wanted.

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  36. Merry Poppet

    November 21st, 2012

    My family will all be here tomorrow. Turkey is ready to go into the oven, pies are made. Operation Turkey Day is good to go.

    Happy Thanksgiving, everyone. :)

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  37. moarkdave

    November 21st, 2012

    I will be working Thanksgiving – a new (and much needed) job. I will spend other days in the next month with family and friends. It does not matter what day to me, we try to be thankful all year for what we have.
    Happy Thanksgiving to everyone here. To Lowell and others that have lost loved ones during the holidays, I am sorry for your loss and wish you extra comfort in the season ahead. My mom’s only sister passed away on Thanksgiving quite a few years ago. My mom still has a few sad moments during the holiday.
    Once again, Happy Thanksgiving and remember, Dogs like Ham and Turkey both.

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  38. Jeff Weimer

    November 21st, 2012

    Or you could email me at my alternate. weimerrj (at) that google mail thing.

    I’m serious about helping your nephew. If he’s ever in the Norfolk, VA area, you and he have a friend who could help.

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  39. lulu5297

    November 21st, 2012

    Happy Thanksgiving to all. I have been blessed on many levels and give thanks to God Almighty every day for each blessing, great and small even when I don’t feel like it or find it difficult to do. November 6 is a perfect example of that–despite my gross disappointment, I was able to find thanks in the travesty of the election. The thing I gave most thanks for was the fact that I was born in the United States in America.

    As the left has so desparately tried to disparage all American traditions and especially this holiday (for them, it just become one big reason to have a sale for crap you don’t need), it serves as a reminder of the many blessings which have been bestowed upon this nation. Every year Rush Limbaugh (www.dailyrushbo.com) recounts the history of Thanksgiving, and if you have young ones, indoctrinated college students, rabid liberals or just feel like being reminded of why we are the great nation that we are and discover America’s experience with socialism and why it doesn’t work. I read on a blog today someone telling the story of a 28-year old who told them that Columbus made the Indians fix Thanksgiving dinner and after they did, he killed them all. My neice won’t eat turkey because she, like most young people, have been taught this holiday is about genocide. Time to take back our country and set the record straight–the family is together, have that conversation.

    I live in DC, but spending Thanksgiving in PA with my family and will eat too much, have some of my favorite wine, sit in my childhood room and watch Gone with the Wind–one of my favorite movies. Our family always prays Psalm 100, the psalm of thanksgiving on this holiday.

    God Bless you all and Happy Thanksgiving.

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  40. conservative cowgirl

    November 22nd, 2012

    My husband is working tomorrow. My son and I will celebrate Thanksgiving with friends at the ranch where George lives. I’ll bring him a bag of carrots and apples; oh, he will be SO happy to get treats!

    @JCLady, my Dad died on Christmas morning nearly twenty years ago and my Mom died when I was just starting college. I really miss them. Holidays would not be that enjoyable if it were not for my son.

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  41. Unruly Refugee

    November 22nd, 2012

    Just noticed two mistakes in my first post —

    1. I miss my mom all the time, not just on Thanksgiving.

    2. One tour in Iraq and one in Shitghanistan. So it would have been his second tour in AFG, third tour all together.

    Now I can sleep peacefully tonight :-)

    Happy Turkey Day Y’ALL !

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  42. MN Patriot

    November 22nd, 2012

    It’s high time I get outa the pitty pot about being alone on Thanksgiving and Christmas.
    I’m going downtown to a soup kitchen and have dinner with the bums, er homeless, er whatever.

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  43. LoveitorLeaveit

    November 22nd, 2012

    Happy Thanksgiving to all of the IOTW family. We are a smaller group this year for Thanksgiving but will have family time and dinner together. I am thankful for each and every one of you here. Love and prayers to all of you from the LoveitorLeaveit family. God Bless!

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  44. RANDO

    November 22nd, 2012

    Anybody heard from Nunya lately?

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  45. MaryfromMarin

    November 22nd, 2012

    Our Thanksgivings are totally predictable.

    We use the traditional fall and Thanksgiving decorations that have been around for years–including the handprint turkeys made by children in years past, taped up on the front door.

    We cook the same things: turkey, stuffing, mashed potatoes, peas, sweet potatoes, cranberry sauce, rolls, pumpkin pie, and then have the exact same leftovers for days that we always have had.

    We have a fire burning all day, unless BAAQMD forbids it (Bay Area Air Quality Management District–and if you violate the ban, you are FINED! That’s a relatively new–and totally unwanted–tradition.)

    We look outside at a yard filled with beautiful red, yellow, and brown fallen leaves, and maybe rain, and thank God for our blessings.

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  46. Anonymous

    November 22nd, 2012

    Someone phoned in to the Dennis Prager radio program tonight, and said that he will be seeing his brother tomorrow. His brother is a big obummer supporter so the phone-in guy is having typical anxieties over seeing his brother.

    Prager said, (paraphrased) …well, the first thing you shouldn’t do is say “Hello jackass.”

    Cracked me up. Hope it does you. Or maybe one has to be there to think it’s funny.

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  47. Plain Jane

    November 22nd, 2012

    oops, anon was/is me

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  48. TED JUSANT

    November 22nd, 2012

    Thanksgiving ! is that for Harvestfestival or for Christmas.

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  49. tucsondon

    November 22nd, 2012

    Working 6am-6pm. Staring intently into a bank of monitors so that you don’t have to. Happy Thanksgiving!

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  50. Team America still in mourning

    November 22nd, 2012

    @Freeman/lady – happy anniversary.
    @Lowell & others who’ve lost thier loved ones – my prayers to you. Please seek out other loved ones and enjoy this day of thanks.

    Captain America’s 89 year old dad is coming over with his 60 something lady friend. Have a wonderful Thanksgiving and weekend to you all.

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  51. Lowell

    November 22nd, 2012

    Abigail, you know where of you speak. And I thank you for that.

    I never planned nor expected I would out live my wife. She was a far better human than me.

    A childhood friend called me last night and invited me to his place to help with cooking venison and drinking to excess with the promise of a bed afterward. After I get done with these leaves, and making sure my animals have been loved on like their mom would have done, I think I’ll go.

    You guys here are a comfort, and I can’t thank you all enough.

    So sorry for your loss. I really hope you go today. All of us here will be thinking of you, pal. – Irony

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  52. Carlos The Jackal

    November 22nd, 2012

    So sorry for your loss, Lowell – the thought of losing my best friend is a horror I can’t even begin to consider.
    If you’re anywhere near Boerne, TX there’s a place at the table for you.

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  53. Stache

    November 26th, 2012

    As always, late to the post. Just wanted to ‘boast’ that we managed to get 51 of us together for the meal, all had a great time, and managed to hold back on the “Hello, Jackass!” greetings.

    And if any of you guys are still sitting alone at Christmas, come on over! Friends counts as family when we gather together, so that Tiny Tim’s greeting can be spread far and wide!

    _______

    Wow, 51. Massive! So glad you all had a great time. God Bless you! – c

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