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Shake That Turkey!

I have been asked by fellow blogger Mrs. Metaphor (see Blogroll) to share tips on shaking up a Thanksgiving feast.

I have thought about this a great deal since receiving this request, and must confess, it’s a stumper.

The thing that came to mind most often was serving non-traditional food – flavoring Tom Turkey with Moroccan spices, for example.  Or serving a meat other than turkey.  If your family is adventurous, I’d say go for it.  Make exotic side dishes.  Skip the ambrosia salad.  But in my personal experience, changing up the food doesn’t always make for a memorable gathering, at least, not necessarily in a good way. 

Every time I thought about sexing up Thanksgiving, I came back to the fundamental part of the holiday – giving thanks.  I’m not sure that this is something that needs sexing up.  I really feel that Thanksgiving is the kick off of a season which features appreciating others at its core. 

 So perhaps the best thing that one can do to “shake it up” is to begin cementing traditions.  Have everyone write on a cut-put paper leaf what they are thankful for, and put them in a bowl.  Everyone can pull one leaf from the bowl, read it aloud, and guess who is thankful for that item.

 Have your traditional turkey carver carve the turkey together with a younger family member.  It’s a great photo op, and a great way to pass the knowledge of turkey carvery.

And perhaps the best tradition I can think to start?  Turn off the Game!  Enjoy the company of your loved ones – even the dysfunctional ones!


November 7, 2007 - Posted by | Blogroll, entertaining, Family Parties, food, holidays | , , , , , , , ,


  1. Great suggestions for traditions, Princess! 😉

    Comment by fightingwindmills | November 7, 2007 | Reply

  2. Okay PE:

    Now I won’t be able to enjoy my Thanksgiving dinner because putting the words “Tom Turkey” and “sexing up” together makes for an image in my head that is all bad.

    BTW, great to see you posting again!

    And dysfunctional?!?!?! You haven’t SEEN dysfunctional yet (But if you do, tell her I said ‘Hi’)

    Comment by Wil | November 7, 2007 | Reply

  3. Sometimes the BEST ADVICE is not what we expect….and that’s true today. Thanks Princess….that reminder is most wonderful!

    Comment by mrsmetaphor | November 8, 2007 | Reply

  4. Sorry about that, Wil. Truly. I have thought a great deal about the trauma that “TOM Turkey” and “sexing up” must have brought you, and I feel really bad.

    Mrs. M – glad I could help 🙂

    Comment by princessedamame | November 8, 2007 | Reply

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