My mom sent me an email the other day asking what we'd like to eat for Thanksgiving dinner.
It seems like kind of an incongruous question, right? With only one possible answer? But she has a point. Usually for Thanksgiving it's my parents, my sister, me, and my mom's best friend and her family, which means somewhere in the range of 8-12 people. Usually Thanksgiving dinner is at the friend's house and then we celebrate Christmas with the same friends at my parents' house.
This year, however, my sister will be spending Thanksgiving with her fiance's family, and my mom's best friend and her family will be out of town spending the holiday with some of their extended family. Which means that our Thanksgiving will just be my parents, Torsten, and me.
And honestly, even though I love the way we normally celebrate? And will especially miss having my sister there? It will be nice to have a quieter, more low-key celebration this year. Plus, I'll see my sister at Christmas, which won't be far away.
But, the point is, since it will just be the four of us, we don't have to stick to tradition if we don't want to. So there's no need for turkey and all the trimmings unless we decide that's what we want.
So when my mom asked if there was anything else we'd rather have, my first thought was, "Lobster!" I love lobster and we never have it here, nor do we have a pot big enough to cook it in. Plus we always used to have lobster at my parents' house on New Year's Eve and now that we are pretty much never there on NYE, we almost never have lobster.
I thought Torsten would totally be on board with this plan, because he still talks about that one time he took a vacation to Maine and it was the best vacation ever because he spent the whole time with a beer in one hand and a lobster in the other.
HOWEVER. When I suggested to Torsten that we have lobster for Thanksgiving dinner, he gave me a look that was equal halves shocked and appalled and tragic puppy dog. And then he said, "But... you HAVE to have turkey on Thanksgiving. That's how it's ALWAYS DONE."
Does anyone else see the irony in him saying this? Like, oh, he's not even American? And he's only celebrated Thanksgiving THREE TIMES, ever?
Apparently, my husband is a traditionalist. Even if it's a tradition that's pretty much brand new to him.
But that's OK. I like turkey too. And stuffing. We'll have lobster some other time.
What about you? What do you traditionally eat on Thanksgiving? (Other than just the turkey, obviously.) Would you be open to a non-traditional Thanksgiving dinner?
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