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(Baltimore Sun)   If Dr. Fauci has his way, Thanksgiving dinner will be a lot less stressful this year   (baltimoresun.com) divider line
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4 days ago  
Several years ago, the wife and I decided to make Thanksgiving a couples-only holiday for just the two of us. IT really did take about 99% of the stress out of the day. We don't even cook the "traditional" type meal. Last year, for example, we had broiled lobster, butternut apple bake, steamed green beans with a homemade mushroom white sauce, topped off with a nice 2009 Cahill Vineyards Cabernet Sauvignon.

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4 days ago  
If Trump hadn't farked up so bad, holidays would be pretty normal by now.

The Republicans actually declared war on Christmas this year.
 
4 days ago  
So you're saying 'No Crazy Uncles'?
 
4 days ago  
I've got 99 problems, but Thanksgiving ain't one.
 
4 days ago  
The family already called off the holidays, probably gonna mail stuff. Saw some of my family last month in my brother's back yard. I was supposed to do a lot this year and I cancelled it all, stupid covidiots.
 
4 days ago  
We replaced Thanksgiving with Wolfenoot a couple of years ago. Way more fun and a better tradition to support. And no pressure to join extended family since we all know our politics differ too much. Just saying no has been a great strategy even before Covid.
 
4 days ago  
Oh NO! People going to miss seeing their crazy racist uncle a few weeks after they've had a chance to stew over their god emperor going down in flames?!? The 'Thanksgiving freakout' Youtube compilations are gunna be lame this year.
 
4 days ago  
Canadian here. A colleague of mine finally had an excuse to tell his wife that no, he didn't care to drive five hours each way to spend Thanksgiving with her family. So he actually had a relaxing weekend.
 
4 days ago  

meerclarschild: We replaced Thanksgiving with Wolfenoot a couple of years ago. Way more fun and a better tradition to support. And no pressure to join extended family since we all know our politics differ too much. Just saying no has been a great strategy even before Covid.


We will now have the airing of grievances.

I'VE GOT A LOT OF PROBLEMS WITH YOU PEOPLE!
 
4 days ago  

NeoCortex42: If Trump hadn't farked up so bad, holidays would be pretty normal by now.

The Republicans actually declared war on Christmas this year.


Normal like it is in Europe?
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4 days ago  
Have Thanksgiving via Zoom. You can always mute the Trumpers.
 
4 days ago  
Stuffed pie pumpkins (bread, celery, sausage, herbs, soft cheese, broth, etc)
Butterflying a chicken, spread it out, pound it, roll it back up with prosciutto and spices, cheeses then tie it, brown and bake (serve slices)
Got a few Pinots in the basement that are due...
Making Glögg and gingerbread cookies. Thin ones.
Just Mrs P and our kids.

Actually looking forward to it. No pressure to go to the trumper in law's.
 
4 days ago  
As I said in a previous Thanksgiving thread, my mother canceled it last week.
My brother and his girlfriend are apparently anti-mask Trumpers now and my cousin and her boyfriend are QAnon weirdos. No one wants to be around them.

I generally hated family holiday gatherings before anyway. So if they never come back, I'll be just fine with it.
 
4 days ago  

meerclarschild: We replaced Thanksgiving with Wolfenoot a couple of years ago. Way more fun and a better tradition to support. And no pressure to join extended family since we all know our politics differ too much. Just saying no has been a great strategy even before Covid.


*looks up Wolfenoot*

Me likey, thanks for posting! I'm going to get my brother on board with this! (Family politics are also an issue, so there is no desire to visit)
 
4 days ago  
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4 days ago  
I love Thanksgiving.   We did it at my place for six straight years.   Anywhere from 20 to 40 people.  I would cook for three straight days.

Now we do it at my Sisters, and it is pretty much the same deal.

This year it is going to be me, alone.  Which will suck.  But I will get over that.
 
4 days ago  

SanityIsAFullTimeJob: NeoCortex42: If Trump hadn't farked up so bad, holidays would be pretty normal by now.

The Republicans actually declared war on Christmas this year.

Normal like it is in Europe?
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Seeing what was happening in Europe should have given us more than enough advance notice to get shiat straightened out in the US.  It should have never gotten the foothold it did here.  We no longer had an advance warning team in the area in China that was looking specifically for this type of outbreak, and then on top of that did absolutely nothing to prepare once it was openly ravaging Europe.
 
4 days ago  
Meh...it's still going to be a small gathering at my parents' house...4 of us for sure, maybe 6 if my aunt and uncle show up.

Recent Thanksgivings were held in the dining room at my grandma's retirement home.  Obviously, that's not going to happen this time.
 
4 days ago  

NeoCortex42: If Trump hadn't farked up so bad, holidays would be pretty normal by now.


Meh Canada did pretty well and their holidays are still farked.
 
4 days ago  
I'm Canadian and usually my sister does a small thanksgiving dinner but she did not do it this year. The way things are going I do not think we'll have a Christmas or New Year's eve either. None of those were stressful though as they aren't big affairs anymore  in my family.
 
4 days ago  
Good. The same effort and money put in to any number of cuisines other than traditional thanksgiving food would result in a much better meal. So maybe we can do that if we're staying at home.

/ exception for pecan pie.
 
4 days ago  
Once everyone is forced inside because it's not summer anymore, it's gonna be a very bad time.  Memorial Day next year is gonna be weird.
 
4 days ago  
As I said before:


These are gonna be the holidays where right/left wing families implode on a level barely imaginable.

You can ignore uncle Tim, while he rants about attractive and successful people while watching football, but even his dimwitted ass will notice if youre straight up missing, if only because you didnt bring his fave flavor pie: Free.

The Right side will demand big post election thanksgivings, regardless of who wins or loses, as a big fark you to the Covid they refuse to believe in..... ESPECIALLY if they lose. You've heard them say 'Watch how covid will be over after the election." We know it wont be, but they say that not out of political savvyness but deep seated fear. They need it to be over. Conservatives cant stand change.

This goes double if you 'skipped halloween and these kids need memories!'. the liberal side will demur and be called nutjobs. the left will respone to the name calling by not going to the right's funerals roughly around xmas.


The remaining right side will be like 'How can you miss xmas, You didnt even come to Paw Paw's funeral and Meemaws death should have showed you how important family is and how fleeting life is!" somehow not immediately stroking out under the sheer weight of the irony.

Liberals will respond by sending presents by usps because the postal service rocks and by having a socially disanced version of auld lang syne and then declining the next set of funerals a week before valentines day

The remaining few right siders will decry the death of the extended family concept due to the left's 'selfishness' without ever giving pause to think of their complicity in actually killing their extended family.
 
4 days ago  
We are SO doing a small family Thanksgiving. We have one other family of four that we're "in a bubble" with - their kids come over a couple times a week for school and socializing, and we see them on weekends.

Typically, Thanksgiving would be us cooking for 25-30 people, which is fun, but it will be nice to take a year off.
 
4 days ago  
Yeah, no big dinner for us either. From 30ish to just us. As with the rest of you, the political discussion will be much nicer this time though.
 
4 days ago  

TrashcanMan: Once everyone is forced inside because it's not summer anymore, it's gonna be a very bad time.  Memorial Day next year is gonna be weird.


A shiatload of people are gonna die between november and march.

You think 300 000 dead in 7 months is bad? What about 600 000 dead in 5 months?
 
4 days ago  

NeoCortex42: If Trump hadn't farked up so bad, holidays would be pretty normal by now.

The Republicans actually declared war on Christmas this year.


Have you looked at European nations lately, or do you forget the whole "global pandemic" thing?

I get orange man bad.

But, this is just farking ignorance.
 
4 days ago  

Man On A Mission: Several years ago, the wife and I decided to make Thanksgiving a couples-only holiday for just the two of us. IT really did take about 99% of the stress out of the day. We don't even cook the "traditional" type meal. Last year, for example, we had broiled lobster, butternut apple bake, steamed green beans with a homemade mushroom white sauce, topped off with a nice 2009 Cahill Vineyards Cabernet Sauvignon.

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4 days ago  

lolmao500: TrashcanMan: Once everyone is forced inside because it's not summer anymore, it's gonna be a very bad time.  Memorial Day next year is gonna be weird.

A shiatload of people are gonna die between november and march.

You think 300 000 dead in 7 months is bad? What about 600 000 dead in 5 months?


On THAT note...
Whatever you've been doing to keep safe, do a little bit more. Time to truly line up your defense and force punts. Every. farking. Time.
Everything will be indoors for the most part in most states. Imagine you're walking into a covid plume when you enter a building/residence/store...
Ask yourself if you really need to be there before you go.
Mask up, Johnny!
 
4 days ago  

American-Irish eyes: NeoCortex42: If Trump hadn't farked up so bad, holidays would be pretty normal by now.

The Republicans actually declared war on Christmas this year.

Have you looked at European nations lately, or do you forget the whole "global pandemic" thing?

I get orange man bad.

But, this is just farking ignorance.


They're getting the second wave.  Our first wave hasn't ended yet because of Tiny Dick Daughterfarker and his red hat scumbag supporters refusing to wear masks and socially distance.
 
4 days ago  

Snaptastic: meerclarschild: We replaced Thanksgiving with Wolfenoot a couple of years ago. Way more fun and a better tradition to support. And no pressure to join extended family since we all know our politics differ too much. Just saying no has been a great strategy even before Covid.

*looks up Wolfenoot*

Me likey, thanks for posting! I'm going to get my brother on board with this! (Family politics are also an issue, so there is no desire to visit)



Yep, looks pretty good to me, too.

/#nohateonlysnootboops
 
4 days ago  

NM Volunteer: American-Irish eyes: NeoCortex42: If Trump hadn't farked up so bad, holidays would be pretty normal by now.

The Republicans actually declared war on Christmas this year.

Have you looked at European nations lately, or do you forget the whole "global pandemic" thing?

I get orange man bad.

But, this is just farking ignorance.

They're getting the second wave.  Our first wave hasn't ended yet because of Tiny Dick Daughterfarker and his red hat scumbag supporters refusing to wear masks and socially distance.


Also, the point at which Europe and Canada takes it seriously is an order of magnitude less death.
 
4 days ago  

Pinner: lolmao500: TrashcanMan: Once everyone is forced inside because it's not summer anymore, it's gonna be a very bad time.  Memorial Day next year is gonna be weird.

A shiatload of people are gonna die between november and march.

You think 300 000 dead in 7 months is bad? What about 600 000 dead in 5 months?

On THAT note...
Whatever you've been doing to keep safe, do a little bit more. Time to truly line up your defense and force punts. Every. farking. Time.
Everything will be indoors for the most part in most states. Imagine you're walking into a covid plume when you enter a building/residence/store...
Ask yourself if you really need to be there before you go.
Mask up, Johnny!


Yup. Good thing I already got covid a month ago even with wearing a mask in public. I was careless for like 2 minutes with my neighbor outside and got covid...  It doesnt take much to jump into your lungs.
 
4 days ago  
Thanksgiving is the best family get together holiday. No gift stress, better food.

Ymmv
 
4 days ago  
In America, Thanksgiving is about physical and psychological pain. What kinda commie third world country do YOU live in?!?!?
 
4 days ago  

Smackledorfer: Thanksgiving is the best family get together holiday. No gift stress, better food.

Ymmv


We can tell it isn't held at your place (and you're a guy).

I strongly suspect that my family will call off Thanksgiving.  Which thanks to moving to NY (considering what Covid did to NYC I can't blame then for any restrictions) makes visiting my parents (or vice versa) problematic.
 
4 days ago  
We're 1900 some-odd miles away from the nearest family member; It has its pros and cons.
 
4 days ago  

yet_another_wumpus: Smackledorfer: Thanksgiving is the best family get together holiday. No gift stress, better food.

Ymmv

We can tell it isn't held at your place (and you're a guy).

I strongly suspect that my family will call off Thanksgiving.  Which thanks to moving to NY (considering what Covid did to NYC I can't blame then for any restrictions) makes visiting my parents (or vice versa) problematic.


The men in my family cook. When my parents host it I go the day before to assist, and have always assisted. When it isn't at my home I bring a dish and have since I moved out at 19. I haven't hosted Thanksgiving but I have hosted plenty of prep-requiring parties, including an anniversary party for my grandparents - 60 people altogether, and I grilled and provided ribs with homemade bbq sauce and potatoes for all of them. 100 pounds of ribs and days of work. Homemade sauce too.

Lately my uncle has done the turkey and taken on the holiday. Yes, people come early and help.


But whatever. If your family wants to punish its women every holiday, have at it. I wont judge your dynamic.

My family is also skipping this year due to covid-19.
 
4 days ago  
Since we are not having family over for the first time this Thanksgiving, I can splurge and go for the real cream option!
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4 days ago  
That's already our Thanksgiving. We're not having anyone over. I'm making a turkey, just not a very big one, and we're going to have a quiet, sequestered Thanksgiving. We'll call family & friends, wish them well, but that's about it.

It's the same thing we're doing for Halloween, Christmas, and New Year's Eve. It's the only same damned thing to do right now - if you like them, and if they like you, then they understand that the risk is high enough to be dangerous if you've high-risk members (read "older family members") among the group, and endangering them for a holiday is selfish.
 
4 days ago  
This year, our Thanksgiving has three rules:

1. Anyone who doesn't live together but wants to celebrate together must self-quarantine for a week beforehand.
2. Anyone else can join in a Zoom or Google Meet call.
3. No COVID deniers allowed.  No exceptions.
 
4 days ago  
It's just my wife and I for Thanksgiving this year.
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4 days ago  

anfrind: This year, our Thanksgiving has three rules:

1. Anyone who doesn't live together but wants to celebrate together must self-quarantine for a week beforehand.
2. Anyone else can join in a Zoom or Google Meet call.
3. No COVID deniers allowed.  No exceptions.


Good luck.
 
4 days ago  

SanityIsAFullTimeJob: NeoCortex42: If Trump hadn't farked up so bad, holidays would be pretty normal by now.

The Republicans actually declared war on Christmas this year.

Normal like it is in Europe?
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Complacency is funny like that.
 
4 days ago  
For the ten or so years I lived with my best friend we typically would come up with something creative for holidays when we weren't heading home. One time ordered bbq from a Chicago place that I don't recall the name of. They overnighted it in large foam cooler packed with dry ice. Got to play around with that as well as some excellent ribs.
 
4 days ago  

Smackledorfer: yet_another_wumpus: Smackledorfer: Thanksgiving is the best family get together holiday. No gift stress, better food.

Ymmv

We can tell it isn't held at your place (and you're a guy).

I strongly suspect that my family will call off Thanksgiving.  Which thanks to moving to NY (considering what Covid did to NYC I can't blame then for any restrictions) makes visiting my parents (or vice versa) problematic.

The men in my family cook. When my parents host it I go the day before to assist, and have always assisted. When it isn't at my home I bring a dish and have since I moved out at 19. I haven't hosted Thanksgiving but I have hosted plenty of prep-requiring parties, including an anniversary party for my grandparents - 60 people altogether, and I grilled and provided ribs with homemade bbq sauce and potatoes for all of them. 100 pounds of ribs and days of work. Homemade sauce too.

Lately my uncle has done the turkey and taken on the holiday. Yes, people come early and help.


But whatever. If your family wants to punish its women every holiday, have at it. I wont judge your dynamic.

My family is also skipping this year due to covid-19.


It isn't the help.  It is the judging that goes with it (although most of the judging seems to be judging themselves).  It is far easier to NGAF while male.  You can expect plenty of help from all the guys in my family (somewhat limited help from a couple spoiled examples) with the possible exception of the fundy side (who are at least 3rd cousins and not part of the holidays).
 
4 days ago  

Hey Nurse!: Since we are not having family over for the first time this Thanksgiving, I can splurge and go for the real cream option!
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cream of what though?
 
4 days ago  

yet_another_wumpus: Smackledorfer: yet_another_wumpus: Smackledorfer: Thanksgiving is the best family get together holiday. No gift stress, better food.

Ymmv

We can tell it isn't held at your place (and you're a guy).

I strongly suspect that my family will call off Thanksgiving.  Which thanks to moving to NY (considering what Covid did to NYC I can't blame then for any restrictions) makes visiting my parents (or vice versa) problematic.

The men in my family cook. When my parents host it I go the day before to assist, and have always assisted. When it isn't at my home I bring a dish and have since I moved out at 19. I haven't hosted Thanksgiving but I have hosted plenty of prep-requiring parties, including an anniversary party for my grandparents - 60 people altogether, and I grilled and provided ribs with homemade bbq sauce and potatoes for all of them. 100 pounds of ribs and days of work. Homemade sauce too.

Lately my uncle has done the turkey and taken on the holiday. Yes, people come early and help.


But whatever. If your family wants to punish its women every holiday, have at it. I wont judge your dynamic.

My family is also skipping this year due to covid-19.

It isn't the help.  It is the judging that goes with it (although most of the judging seems to be judging themselves).  It is far easier to NGAF while male.  You can expect plenty of help from all the guys in my family (somewhat limited help from a couple spoiled examples) with the possible exception of the fundy side (who are at least 3rd cousins and not part of the holidays).


If the women in my family are secretly being judgy biatches about holidays then I have no clue about it.

But I kind of doubt that happens in my family. My immediate family is on the wealthier side and I've never gotten a whiff of that - maybe because we didn't start that way.

Family get togethers are food, games, catching up over euchre and dominoes, or that most terrible game apples to apples.

Maybe I'm ignorant here, maybe my family is different. I know this much a out women: men getting in between their womanly squabbles isn't going to help :)

I dunno... People are farking stupid assholes sometimes.
 
4 days ago  
300,000 estimated dead from an incredibly infectious and dangerous airborne disease that kills 1 in 35, hospitalises 1 in 10, disables 1 in 15, and you have a large chuck of the population who want to travel across cities, states and even the country to sit down with their families and eat shiatty food while breathing the same air as them.

And then they'll travel back across cities, states, and the country and bring whatever they picked up with them, to their homes and communities.

Because you want to make sure that Timmy gets to see his cousins/grandparents/whoever.

Are you insane? 300,000 people have died in 7 months, and you can't even make this small sacrifice for one year?
 
4 days ago  

ansius: 300,000 estimated dead from an incredibly infectious and dangerous airborne disease that kills 1 in 35, hospitalises 1 in 10, disables 1 in 15, and you have a large chuck of the population who want to travel across cities, states and even the country to sit down with their families and eat shiatty food while breathing the same air as them.

And then they'll travel back across cities, states, and the country and bring whatever they picked up with them, to their homes and communities.

Because you want to make sure that Timmy gets to see his cousins/grandparents/whoever.

Are you insane? 300,000 people have died in 7 months, and you can't even make this small sacrifice for one year?


Only like a few thousand died.

Hospitals are recoding gunshot victims as covid19 deaths because of government funding. It's a vast conspiracy.

So said my coworker last week.
 
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