What time does your family have Thanksgiving dinner?
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Posted: 11/11/2013 8:20:47 AM
DD is sick so I'm home today and watching whatever his name is and Kelly (Michael?). It will always be Regis to me lol.

Anyway they were discussing the time of Thanksgiving dinner. He said 2:00 and she said 6:00.

My family has always had Thanksgiving dinner around 2-3. When dh's family used to have a big dinner it was more like 4-5.

I like it being earlier as then you have a few hours for dinner to settle and then you can have dessert at the normal dinner time lol.


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Posted: 11/11/2013 8:24:41 AM
When I was growing up, it was always around 2-3.

Now that I'm married, we split time between my husband's divorced parents. "Lunch" at FIL's at noon and "dinner" at MIL's at 3. We eat very lightly at each.

I could never imagine having Thanksgiving dinner at 6. After getting up at the buttcrack of dawn to get everything ready, the last thing I want to be doing in the evening is to STILL be cleaning up!! LOL

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Posted: 11/11/2013 8:26:48 AM
We are having dinner at 5pm to accommodate travelers.

It has the added advantage of not being up at the buttcrack of dawn to start the turkey.

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Posted: 11/11/2013 8:30:22 AM
5 pm...and you don't have to be up at the buttcrack of dawn when you serve dinner at 5!

we do it to accommodate other families that have their meal at noon

by five people can eat again!


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Posted: 11/11/2013 8:30:53 AM
My family eats 1-2pm and dh's 6pm or so. That's the way it is at Christmas also. Makes for a very late Christmas night because we open presents at the in-laws AFTER dinner and dessert (there are 3 Christmas bdays in dh's family, so we eat dinner, celebrate birthdays, eat dessert and then open presents). It's often 11pm when the kids get done opening gifts.



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Posted: 11/11/2013 8:32:50 AM
Noon. We have always had it at my in laws...(husbands grandma). We have dinner at noon, dessert anytime after that, and most of us will eat a small plate of leftovers around 6 if we are still there.

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Posted: 11/11/2013 8:32:56 AM
12 noon here. We have simplified things considerably(buying a cooked turkey,some cooking the day before,having guests bring desserts)so that no one is chained to the kitchen all day and everybody can enjoy the activities of the day.

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Posted: 11/11/2013 8:39:48 AM
We have Thanksgiving dinner around 5:00

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Posted: 11/11/2013 8:40:48 AM

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Posted: 11/11/2013 8:43:32 AM
2-3. I have to work at 7.

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Posted: 11/11/2013 8:48:19 AM
It depends on what else is going on. I try to accommodate my nephew and DD if they are working. But seeing as how I'm the cook, dinner is at whatever time I say. I like to have it around 4:00. That way I don't have to start so early in the morning and there's plenty of time for clean up afterwards.


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Posted: 11/11/2013 8:49:07 AM
I always have it at 2pm. It works for us! Normally after being on my feet cooking all day and then cleaning up I am ready for bed at like 7.


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Posted: 11/11/2013 8:52:33 AM
About 1pm here

I love getting up early on Thanksgiving and getting everything started. Then I run to get donuts and the newspaper before getting home to wake the family and watch the parade.

We usually go to the movies after the big meal and then come back for dessert and leftovers while scanning the ads and planning our Black Friday Shopping.


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Posted: 11/11/2013 9:00:09 AM
I prefer dinner between 1-4. If I'm cooking, the exact timing depends in how well it's all going.

Dh's family always eats between 5:00-7:30. Too late, in my opinion.

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Posted: 11/11/2013 9:09:09 AM
Noonish. If we are at my in-laws we play games all afternoon then eat again. If it's my family, we hang out and talk then dessert, no second meal.


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Posted: 11/11/2013 9:13:16 AM
Here is has to be later…if it's actually on Thursday!

DH works in professional football. . . there are no holidays. Most years we have dinner around 6 p.m. to allow for his workday. A few years ago he had a road game ON Thanksgiving, so we had our turkey dinner on Saturday that year.

Hey, it's good to be thankful for what you have everyday of the year, so we figure no biggie if we have to postpone a day or two!


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Posted: 11/11/2013 9:15:27 AM
Most of my family have a minimum drive of 2 hrs and 3 are diabetics so I let them ditate dinnertime. So years it's at 1pm, some years at 5 or 6. It doesn't matter to me as long as I have my family here.


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Posted: 11/11/2013 9:18:40 AM
Around 1pm.

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Posted: 11/11/2013 9:18:43 AM
We usually eat between noon and 1pm. Then we hang out and everyone is ready to eat leftover later for supper.


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Posted: 11/11/2013 9:31:15 AM
Between 4 and 6pm depending who is hosting

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Posted: 11/11/2013 9:32:50 AM
whenever the duck is done, lol!! I usually shoot for somewhere between 3:00 and 4:00. (but it's just the two of us so there's no other schedules to coordinate with, which makes it easier.)

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Posted: 11/11/2013 9:43:46 AM
It depends. I stopped trying to force a time several years ago. I created far too much stress on myself by doing this. It's only my dh and kids, so the timing doesn't have to be spot on. Ballpark time is between 2 and 5. Basically, when the turkey is done and then how long it takes to finish the sides. By that point, it's mashed potatoes, gravy and rolls that are to be done.


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Posted: 11/11/2013 10:27:01 AM
We have 4 different places to go to this year. We start around 10am with breakfast at GMIL's, then lunch around 12:30 with my Aunt's family, dinner at my mom's around 3pm, then I'm guessing dessert with my dad sometime that evening. We used to only have 3 places to go, but my mom and dad got into an argument (they are divorced) and my dad said he won't be going to my mom's anymore on holidays, therefore making all of our lives more difficult.

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Posted: 11/11/2013 10:52:00 AM
12:30-1:00. I serve Christmas later but when my mom is cooking, we eat early

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Posted: 11/11/2013 11:09:41 AM
We usually eat around 2pm. We have older relatives that don't like to drive after dark.



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Posted: 11/11/2013 11:16:34 AM
Not until 7, at least. I love eating at the normal dinner hour, I also love that my mother isn't dragging herself out of bed at an early hour just to start cooking the turkey.

Our thanksgiving is pretty low key, just our immediate family so we like to eat at normal dinner time.


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Posted: 11/11/2013 11:38:02 AM
Between 1-2 here.


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Posted: 11/11/2013 11:44:23 AM
We have appetizers at noon, if any one wants to come. The guys watch football. I have dinner ready about 2 or 2:30. Then I clean up. Read the ads and plan for black Friday shopping. We draw names for Christmas gifts. The ladies draw names for our annual ornament exchange. Then about 5 we have friends over for desert. I am usually ready for bed about 9. Fun day but exhausting.

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Posted: 11/11/2013 12:37:03 PM
Miss Lerin-you are a nicer person than I would be on Thanksgiving. I would not be driving 4 places because of issues between other people...3 would be bad enough, especially with young children.

My SIL hosts so it's usually around 3 or so depending on when we can get there with traffic. Depending on when we leave, the 45 minute trip can easily double.

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Posted: 11/11/2013 12:37:46 PM
We're eating at 4 because we have people who can't get to our house til then. Normally we'd eat an hour or two earlier.

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Posted: 11/11/2013 12:39:44 PM
2-3. Would be hungry all day if we are at 5 or 6 or later.

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Posted: 11/11/2013 12:44:24 PM
Our dinner is scheduled around the Cowboys game. So we have to be eating by 2 so we can relax and enjoy a bit, or else hubby is going to be getting up and leaving to the TV room. OR, we can eat at halftime. In his defense, he is an amazing hubby and provider, but he is obsessed with Cowboys football!

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Posted: 11/11/2013 2:06:04 PM
We're doing a Turkey Trot as a family this year, and DH plans to come home and cook a huge breakfast after, so we're thinking dinner sometime after 4. But usually it's more like 1 or 2.

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Posted: 11/11/2013 2:43:54 PM
Around 5:00 pm normally.

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Posted: 11/11/2013 3:34:23 PM
We go to my mother-in-law's, and usually get there by around 1:00-1:30. She has appetizers out, and dinner is on the table by 4 PM.

I make it turkey at Christmas for our family and whoever in my family is staying with us, and it's worked out well to have dinner on the table by 4 o'clock that day, too.

For me, it's early enough that we can clean up and still have part of the evening left, and late enough for me to enjoy all of the family gift-giving in the morning before getting to work in the kitchen.

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Posted: 11/11/2013 3:55:11 PM
We eat at 11, yes a.m. The Lions play at noon and we have to be done before they play. I live w/ a dh and 3 boys. I usually nap during the game

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Posted: 11/11/2013 4:41:47 PM
Growing up we'd eat 1-2pm. Now we go to my in-laws for Thanksgiving and we eat around 5pm, I hate it. BUT we have to eat that late because DH and my BIL both work overnight jobs and work Wednesday in to Thursday. So eating late gives them the opportunity to get some sleep.


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Posted: 11/11/2013 4:44:30 PM
I work until 5pm so its when I show up Seems Im the only one in the family that ever has to work that day.

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Posted: 11/11/2013 4:50:49 PM

I like to have it in the early afternoon. Around 1 or 2 depending when the turkey is finished cooking.


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Posted: 11/11/2013 4:55:53 PM
We shoot for 5pm. That way, we don't have to get up at the but crack of dawn. My body is accustomed to having dinner around 6, 6:30. Too much earlier than that, and I'll be hungry again before bed.

Just out of college, I used to always have to work T-Day, so my SO (now DH) would aim for 6pm. I would spend the week before getting the house ready. He would cook the turkey, gravy, stuffing, I would make some veggies in advance to be nuked, and we had a lot of friends come bearing side dishes. Once I arrived home, we'd dig in.

We moved away from our college friends years ago, but live near our families. DH still cooks the turkey, gravy and stuffing, I make up the appetizers and some rolls and veggies, and our families arrive with sides and desserts.



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Posted: 11/11/2013 5:04:43 PM
We have a big breakfast and then eat the meal around 2ish. We have lots of snacks and of course pie to keep us full the rest of the day!

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Posted: 11/11/2013 5:21:16 PM
DH family is where we go. Its usually about noon and then eat again about 5.

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Posted: 11/11/2013 5:44:43 PM
Somewhere between 2 and 3.

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Posted: 11/11/2013 6:02:39 PM
We usually eat at 2.

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Posted: 11/11/2013 6:09:52 PM
Then dessert at 3 and dinner at 5 and dessert and drinks at 7.

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Posted: 11/11/2013 6:37:44 PM
Noon. Then we decorate for Christmas all afternoon (lights outside, tree, gingerbread houses, train set), and we have a bonfire with wiener roast/s'mores for dinner

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Posted: 11/11/2013 6:45:19 PM
Noonish if everyone makes it on time.

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