I defer to the wisdom of Dem Mods to place this thread elsewhere if they wish ... I wondered what rituals, of both food and habits of the weekend, that your family practices on Thanksgiving... The food seems obvious, but then, everyone has a certain menu. What is yours? Maybe some of you guys are far more interesting than I am (you better be - I'm boring). Plus, what about activities? Anyone play football in the yard? Watch the Lions game like you give damn? Sing songs around the fire? That sort of thing ... Anyway, as my daughters are still young, we've established simple traditions - turkey, dressing, mashed potatoes, gravy, and cranberry sauce. That is all. No vegetables, no salads, no other sides. We have punkin and apple pie for dessert, and shitloads of wine and booze for grownups. We simplified that menu after we first got married; we get strange looks from her side of the family. They always had 20 things to pick from. Then they'd toss 90% of what they prepared. So, I'd rather keep it simple, and wife agrees. We also flick the light switch on the house lights on Thanksgiving night, so the house is lit for Advent and Christmas. When I was in high school and college, my buddies all played a Turkey Bowl pickup tackle football game at the local public high school. Here in Anaheim, it was the Catholic school kids vs. the public school pukes. Some of those games drew blood. It was pretty heated. Now, I'm old and fat, so we play "cornhole" in the backyard (God only know what @irish will do with that sentence, so here's a link to the game). When we were very little, my folks took us to the drive-in on Friday after Thanksgiving. We'd take turkey sammies and hot chocolate and watch the movie from the back of the station wagon. I recall watching M*A*S*H and Deliverance that way. So ... happy Thanksgiving, boys. I wish we had a Dodger WS ring to be thankful for, but otherwise, it has been a good year for my world.