OT: Thanksgiving Traditions Vary Widely Depending on Where You Live
by Lisa Fogarty
Just because we're all celebrating the same holiday for the same reason doesn't mean we're all celebrating it the same way. Thanks to the results of a new Thanksgiving survey, which includes a couple of pretty cool and interesting maps, we've discovered that, depending on which state you live in, you are either eating dinner super early or late. Even the number of beers or glasses of vino you choose to down has less to do with how unbearable your relatives are and more to do with where in the country you reside.
Check out the results and see if your personal Thanksgiving matches the one in your region.
According to the survey, if you live in the Southwest or Midwest, you are drinking the most alcohol of everyone in the country on Turkey Day. But if you live in Idaho, the Texas Panhandle, or Maine, you're more into water or soda because, for whatever reason, those states seem to keep away from liquor on the holiday.
People living on the West Coast eat Thanksgiving supper the earliest -- which always seemed awful to me because you're just going to get hungry again at 7 p.m. and the only food in the house will be ... ugh, more turkey. Dinner for folks living from Montana to New Mexico starts at about 6 p.m., while East Coasters tend to start the festivities later in the evening.
Most surprising to me is that mostly everyone replied in the survey that, at some point in the day, they discussed with family the things for which they are thankful. The only exceptions to this one included a spot in Montana and the Texas Panhandle -- I'm guessing because it's hard to get mushy when you don't have a single drop of alcohol in your system.
As a New Yorker, I can say none of these results are accurate for me. We eat dinner at around 3 p.m. because no member of my family wants to deal with the extreme parking issues in my Brooklyn neighborhood after a certain time. We drink alcohol but no one is exactly lushing it up at the table. And my family has never sat around listing things they're thankful for -- which makes me wonder if we are the worst people in America now.
Are your Thanksgiving traditions similar to those in your region?