Favorite Thanksgiving Traditions

With Thanksgiving around the corner (how did that happen?!), I’m reminded of all the fabulous Thanksgiving traditions from growing up.

{Insert awkward picture of me as a small child. Fortunately (for me), zero digital photos of my childhood exist!}

On the scale of important holidays, Thanksgiving is above Easter but not as important as Christmas. Thanksgiving is the start of the holiday season and what is the holiday season without some great family traditions?

Here are some of my favorites:

Watching my mom cook…and subsequently freak out



My mom is an excellent cook. She is Italian after all. She prepares for weeks when she hosts any holiday and usually goes overboard with the appetizers.

Everyone convenes in the kitchen (obvi), snacks away on dips, veggies and meats, while my mom finishes the turkey. There comes a point while she’s making the turkey that she starts to panic that everything will taste badly and that there’s too many people in the kitchen and that she hates her oven. EVERY YEAR. This happens EVERY. YEAR. And I love it! It’s oddly comforting to witness and the meal always comes out perfectly. I have not had one bad meal when my mom is cooking!

Watching Christmas Vacation



This movie is everything. Every Thanksgiving after dinner, while eating dessert, we watch Christmas Vacation. We all know every single line and my aunt still laughs hysterically at all the same parts. My uncle actually dressed up as Cousin Eddie during their Halloween party a few years ago. The resemblance is uncanny. Even though this movie is pretty much as old as I, I never get tired of watching it. There’s something about hearing rip roaring laughter even though you know the punch line is coming that makes for a great movie watching experience.

Mima’s funny one liners

Mima is my mom’s mom. She is over 80 years old (she would kill me if I disclosed her real name) and getting more loose lipped the older she gets. She used to not insert her opinion without you asking, but now, she tells you exactly what she’s thinking!! Like the time she suggested we let my cousin’s daughter grow up to “be normal.” Because none of us are normal. She never disappoints.

Friends Trifle + Trivia



My cousin and I have a long-standing competition for who knows the most Friends trivia. We used to play games to determine a winner, but we aren’t allowed to play anymore. It got too intense. Like how Monica and Ross weren’t allowed to play football. <— See what I did there! And at Thanksgiving 2 episodes are always referenced: the one where Rachel put beef in the trifle and the Thanksgiving pants. Maybe for some Thanksgiving I’ll make a trifle…sans beef.

These are my family’s traditions and I’m excited for future Thanksgivings when Hubby and I will start creating our own traditions.

What are your family’s Thanksgiving traditions? What do you look forward to this time of year?

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