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OT: Thanksgiving Traditions Vary Widely Depending on Where You Live

Posted by on Nov. 26, 2013 at 12:53 PM
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Thanksgiving Traditions Vary Widely Depending on Where You Live Says Fascinating Survey

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?

by on Nov. 26, 2013 at 12:53 PM
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by on Nov. 26, 2013 at 12:56 PM
We eat lunch not dinner about 1 pm. And we don't drink alcohol here in my Midwest house. And we are mushy without it too.
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by Group Admin on Nov. 26, 2013 at 1:01 PM
We usually eat between 1 and 3. My husband and guests may have a beer but that is about it. We do name things we are thankful for and the kids and I pray. The guests join in if they choose though it is not mandatory.
by on Nov. 26, 2013 at 1:22 PM

 That is interesting!

by on Nov. 26, 2013 at 4:21 PM

When it's at my house we've always eaten around 5-5:30, which is very early compared to our usual supper at 7:30-8. Not a ton of alcohol, because usually someone has to drive home, but a bit of nice wine or something else if it drags on into the night. We're not mushy about it, it's just a meal with family and I personally find it a bit phony to sit there and wax poetic about what you're thankful for. Just being with family and/or friends is enough for me.

This year DD and I are going to a friend's, so we'll just go with whatever they do.

Western Washington, born and bred by the way.

by Group Admin on Nov. 26, 2013 at 4:28 PM

We usually eat around 1-1:30.  We have wine with dinner and usually some kind of mixed drink with dessert (later in the day).  We always say grace and we have a tradition (started at my house as a kid) where we place 7 kernels of corn on the plate and eat that before we fill our plates.  It is about being thankful for the food we've brought in.  We try for most of our Thanksgiving meal to come directly from the homestead, but we are having a bought turkey this year.  But the potatoes, baked apples, "pumpkin" pie (hubbard), corn, green beans, baked beans, cornbread muffins, and salad are all from on site.

by Sonja on Nov. 26, 2013 at 9:22 PM
It varies from year to wear on what time we eat. But what we eat usually stays the same.
Interesting article though. :)
by Silver Member on Nov. 26, 2013 at 9:39 PM

We eat around 1ish and then have leftovers for dinner much later.  We definitely drink and most years we say something we are thankful for.

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