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Traditional Thanksgiving Gifts

Tig 17 Nov 09 - 07:07 PM
GUEST 17 Nov 09 - 11:28 PM
catspaw49 17 Nov 09 - 11:38 PM
open mike 18 Nov 09 - 06:45 AM
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Subject: Traditional Thanksgiving Gifts
From: Tig
Date: 17 Nov 09 - 07:07 PM

My brother has been invited to a Thanksgiving Day Dinner. He would like to know what sort of gifts were traditionally given then. The hosts have an American student staying with them at the moment so are celebrating it with her.

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Subject: RE: Traditional Thanksgiving Gifts
Date: 17 Nov 09 - 11:28 PM

Where I come from (Chicago) there aren't really gifts at Thanksgiving, as such.

Sometimes the host will ask participants to bring a specific dish. As these are usually family dinners or gatherings of close friends, the host or hostess will know that "Aunt Sally" (or whoever) makes a particularly good pumpkin pie, corn pudding, jello salad, dinner rolls, or whatever. So there will be a family tradition that certain people contribute a dish. In my family, I usually bring "tofurky" or some other vegetarian entree because my husband is vegetarian. That makes it easy for my aunt and uncle so they don't have to deal with what to feed him other than turkey.

Otherwise, flowers for the hostess, or any other appropriate gift that one might bring to someone hosting a casual dinner party.

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Subject: RE: Traditional Thanksgiving Gifts
From: catspaw49
Date: 17 Nov 09 - 11:38 PM

Thanksgiving gifts? Uh, sure......lessee now................that'd be nausea, indigestion, and often a case of uncontrollable flatulence.Actually, gifts are not required as Guest above pointed out and sometimes an extra side dish or some other food item is the most appropriate. Frankly though, in most cases, the only thing required is you and your appetite. The nicest thing that dinner guests can do is eat heartily........that's the best gift I can get from people eating my cooking!


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Subject: RE: Traditional Thanksgiving Gifts
From: open mike
Date: 18 Nov 09 - 06:45 AM

food---the story of thanksgiving is that the early pilgrims might
have perished if not for the natives helping them out with food
(what is the story and the meaning behind Canadian thanksgiving?)
I recall that our family used to hold a sort of lottery
or rather at thanksgiving time we would put our names
in a hat and each one would pull out a name...
this was to plan for upcoming christmas gifts...
there is no real tradition of gift giving at
thanksgiving...but we used it as a time to
plan for the next family gathering which
would be happening a month in the future,
and then we only would have to get one
present instead of feeling obligated
to get something for everyone.

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