Thanksgiving Dinner: Eating in or Dining Out?

November brings with it cooler weather, leaves of gold and the feeling of thanks in the air. It’s the perfect time to begin a practice of gratitude. You Know Neen is hosting the 2nd Annual 30 Days of Gratitude blog series, a place where the experience of gratitude will be explored and shared. I, along with several other contributors will be sharing our thoughts on all things gratitude.

Our tradition for Thanksgiving is a little untraditional, in that we head to the city with our kiddos and eat dinner out. We enjoy Chicago, stay overnight and then head back to the suburbs to enjoy our town’s tree lighting ceremony. It is my favorite day of the year.unknown

Whenever anyone asks about our tradition, I get mixed reactions of “cool!’ and “you eat OUT?” It made me wonder if  we were the only ones eating out on a holiday. So, I went to Facebook and asked my friends: “Out to dinner on Thanksgiving, sad or awesome?” Here are some responses from my Facebook friends about eating their Turkey at home or in a restaurant:

Howard:  Could be both. My family is going out to dinner tomorrow. I’m dining and helping at a shelter. Not exactly selfless…it makes me feel good, too.

Missy: Fun! Change of pace! We are going out in our little three person family unit. Hanging on to time alone with our guy before college…

Debbie: Going out to dinner means you have time to visit with your family without the interruptions inherent with cooking. I love the idea.

Shelia: It would make me sad, but only because we have always celebrated over a cooked meal shared with family. Store bought anything makes me sad, too, so safe to say I am a Thanksgiving snob.

Jessica: I’m with Shelia. I’ve only gone out a few times and always cooked from scratch.

Brett: Only sad if you’re not choosing to go out, but have to go out anyway.

Katy: We’ve done both. All depends on your perspective and who you’re with. Thanksgiving at home can be equally terrible. HOORAY.

Leslie: Been out to dinner…no one has to cook and clean up. No leftovers, though…LOL!

What is your family tradition? Do you eat in or do you eat out?

Whatever you do today, I hope you are happy and healthy and are enjoying some peace. Happy Thanksgiving to all you lovelies.


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