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What are your Thanksgiving plans?

post #1 of 59
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I'm thinking of making up three or four side dishes and freezing them four weeks ahead, then ordering some turkey. My due date is the 20th and all of our family is on the other coast (I'm hoping we won't have any stay-over company for the holiday) so it will just be the three of us. I want to still make the day special, but with it being so close to the delivery date, I'm not sure what to expect.

What are you all doing?
post #2 of 59
My due date is 11/1 and my other two came a few weeks early, so I'm expecting to be past the immediate newborn stage at that point. I'd like to go visit my family in Southern California, show off the baby, and have someone else prepare the meal! My grandparents are old and not in great health, so they can't come to visit, and it would be nice for them to be able to meet their new great-grandchild.
post #3 of 59
Go somewhere else to eat. Not sure I'll have a baby yet, perhaps if it's still very new someone will be kind enough to bring dinner over for my family.
post #4 of 59
I plan of having DP roast the bird while I make the stuffing, cranberry sauce and baked apple dessert. My Mom will probably make a sweet potato dish and my sister will probably bring something green with some wine.

About 2 hours before dinner is ready to serve, I plan on quietly and discreetly retiring to my bathroom where I'll run a relaxing warm shower and will easily and without pain, birth my baby.

The baby & I will get to know each other and have some colostrum while we wait for the placenta. Then I'll cut the cord, we'll rinse off and I'll go downstairs to stuff my face.
post #5 of 59
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Originally Posted by Metasequoia View Post
I plan of having DP roast the bird while I make the stuffing, cranberry sauce and baked apple dessert. My Mom will probably make a sweet potato dish and my sister will probably bring something green with some wine.

About 2 hours before dinner is ready to serve, I plan on quietly and discreetly retiring to my bathroom where I'll run a relaxing warm shower and will easily and without pain, birth my baby.

The baby & I will get to know each other and have some colostrum while we wait for the placenta. Then I'll cut the cord, we'll rinse off and I'll go downstairs to stuff my face.
I LOVE this!!
post #6 of 59
The Canadian Thanksgiving is October 11th.. Last year we hosted a big harvest potluck with some good friends...we had Turkey grown by friends (I will get one from my dads farm this year) plus all of the veggies, home made wine.... it was a very yummy almost 100% locally grown feast. Im hoping we will go to someone else's house this time , but it would be fun to do it in our new house as well. either way im sure we will have a super nice time with good food & friends.. glad its not in November here
post #7 of 59
What can be made ahead well? I generally plan on making dh do the turkey and my 9 yo will gladly and very willingly cook everything else. I'll probably make pies up ahead of time and maybe the cranberry sauce. Everything else is pretty easy and straightforward with me coaching from the sidelines.
post #8 of 59
I'm planning on being very pregnant, meeting my cousin's new little baby, and stuffing my face full of delicious food! Canadian Thanksgiving ftw!
post #9 of 59
This is sad...I really hadn't considered making some sides ahead of time and freezing them. It sounds like a great idea as I'm very picky about my Thanksgiving food!

This baby is due 11/7 and we have zero family in town, so there's no one else's home to go to or have them bring us food. I was considering ordering food from Whole Foods or AJ's (a gourmet natural food store) based on the recommendation of another mom who did that last year. Now I will have to consider freezing sides!

Does anyone know how well stuffing/dressing would freeze?
post #10 of 59
Stuffing is one I will *not* recommend freezing. I have tried that one before and it was mushy and gross when it was thawed.
post #11 of 59
Thanks for the heads up. I love my cranberry-apple stuffing and would be very sad indeed to reheat a mushy mess on Thanksgiving.
post #12 of 59
my hopes are that someone very nice will invite us, and DH will take the girls while I stay at home with baby since baby will be little and i wouldnt want to be sharing baby with anyone, at all

and that they will bring me a nice huge plate of yummy food
post #13 of 59
I'll have what Metaseqoia is having!

I'm also due on American Thanksgiving. DS was induced, so I don't know whether to expect this baby early or late. Last year, we just had roast turkey, cranberry and sweet potato fries. So we might do that, or we might order from somewhere. One thing I know we WONT have is guests (unless I'm in labor and midwives count as guests!)
post #14 of 59
I think giving birth on Thanksgiving would be so beautiful, it really drives home the meaning of the day!
post #15 of 59
Canadian Thanksgiving here as well - we would normally be up at my parents' place that weekend, but dh hopes to move the kids into their bedrooms upstairs then, so we'll be staying here with dh's family. We have the largest house of dh's extended family, so if we host (which will probably happen), I won't be doing much of the work. I'll make the pumpkin pie, though (Rose Levy Beranbaum's recipe is the best!), and probably an apple pie. Mmmmmm - I love Thanksgiving!
post #16 of 59
we already had it! tee hee on august long weekend (the 2nd) i had my in-laws over and we did the full nine yards. it was delish

i'm canadian too, and even with our thanksgiving being a month away from EDD, there will be NO way i will feel like doing it. and since i'm the only one able to do it, i figured "let's have it early!". my ILs are old and they really like it, plus they hadn't seen the kids for awhile, AND i had a turkey in the freezer just beggin' for it...

so on the oct 11th, NOTHING will happen, except maybe more pumpkin pie...it's my fave. and on nov 25th, i should be hormonally crashing with my newborn, who will be a week-ish old
post #17 of 59
I'm due the day before Thanksgiving. My brother usually hosts at his house an hour drive away--so we're just playing it by ear. If I'm still pregnant, we'll probably go, if I feel up to it. If baby is just a few days old, I think we'll just stay home and have a low-key day. If baby comes a couple of weeks early and we feel up to it, we may go... I'm just not sure. I've had this vision a couple of times of enjoying a good meal, having contractions start there, heading straight to the birth center and having the baby arrive that night.
post #18 of 59
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Originally Posted by Metasequoia View Post
I plan of having DP roast the bird while I make the stuffing, cranberry sauce and baked apple dessert. My Mom will probably make a sweet potato dish and my sister will probably bring something green with some wine.

About 2 hours before dinner is ready to serve, I plan on quietly and discreetly retiring to my bathroom where I'll run a relaxing warm shower and will easily and without pain, birth my baby.

The baby & I will get to know each other and have some colostrum while we wait for the placenta. Then I'll cut the cord, we'll rinse off and I'll go downstairs to stuff my face.
Ohmigosh. THAT is the best plan ever!
post #19 of 59
My edd is 6 days before Thanksgiving, and while I'm more likely to go early than late (based on 2/3 of my boys being a few days ahead of schedule), we have to deal with the fact that WE host Thanksgiving annually, *and* my MIL has made a habit of coming in for it for the last several years - perhaps since my almost-6-yo was born in September? So we knew we had to figure something out, one way or another.

The good thing for me is that DH *loves* to cook and has the whole day pretty much down to a science. Plus, he's an amazing cook. (And I am so drooling for mashed potatoes with fresh brown gravy as I type...) It works well since we've had Fall babies twice now, and I'm on kid-duty while he cooks. That won't change, clearly.

What we ARE planning to change is *when* we celebrate. We're officially moving Thanksgiving to December 11, a Saturday when my mom can be off work, other friends who will be out of town in November will be back, and MIL can come without possibly being here for the birth.

So on November 25, we will most likely have a low-key meal at home. We may or may not have my parents over for it. And we may or may not be enjoying the little bitty one at the same time. I'm surely hoping we will be, though!

My 5yo has said that the baby should be born on the 24th, so that on the 25th, we can wrap the baby up in the bread basket, put it on the table, and everyone can be surprised.

(And I'm now also craving juicy roast turkey...)
post #20 of 59

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Originally Posted by Metasequoia View Post
I plan of having DP roast the bird while I make the stuffing, cranberry sauce and baked apple dessert. My Mom will probably make a sweet potato dish and my sister will probably bring something green with some wine.

About 2 hours before dinner is ready to serve, I plan on quietly and discreetly retiring to my bathroom where I'll run a relaxing warm shower and will easily and without pain, birth my baby.

The baby & I will get to know each other and have some colostrum while we wait for the placenta. Then I'll cut the cord, we'll rinse off and I'll go downstairs to stuff my face.
I'm due on the 18th and have gone early with the other ones. Fingers crossed that that happens again. We usually do Thanksgiving at my mom and dad's. Not sure yet if we'll do that again, or have them come up and do it at my house. As much as I'm planning, I can't seem to make a decision on that one yet.
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