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Thanksgiving Ahhhh, hot fresh turkey dinner! Mmmmmm. Share your thoughts!

View Poll Results: The long debated question --Turkey or Ham for Thanksgiving dinner?
Turkey 32 71.11%
Ham 0 0%
Both 13 28.89%
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Old 11-02-2007, 06:04 AM
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The long debated question --Turkey or Ham for Thanksgiving dinner?

I find it funny how many people are set in their ways about what they cook for Thanksgiving dinner year after year.

Growing up at our house, I can remember my Mom saying that it was always planned for us to have turkey for Thanksgiving and ham for Christmas. I think that I could still recite the menu for each holiday.

Once I married and had kids, I started hosting Thanksgiving and Christmas dinners at my house. Imagine Mom's shock when she found out that I was cooking turkey and ham for Thanksgiving, then making lasagna for Christmas!! This didn't sit well with her until she realized that by doing this, she would still get to have her "holiday" foods and then I would actually get to sit down and enjoy time with my family . After the first year, she cooked the ham and brought it, which made things even easier.

There's my answer to the age old debate of whether to eat turkey or ham for Thanksgiving.... We have both!


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Old 11-02-2007, 07:33 AM
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I am one of those people who makes the same Thanksgiving dinner year after year, when it is my turn to host.

When I'm at my sister's, it's the same way. The menu never changes--though she has some of her husband's Italian family favorites, like escarole soup (BIL makes the BEST escarole soup ever!) in addition to the traditional foods.

It's always turkey for our family, though.

Roast beef for Christmas.

Ham for Easter!
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Old 11-02-2007, 07:35 AM
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I have had turkey for Thanksgiving. Also had both for turkey and ham for thanksgiving. As had turkey and/ or ham for Christmas. Also had spaghetti for Christmas at my in laws house. I have also heard of people having chicken for Thanksgiving instead of turkey. I only cook roasted turkey once a year. That is when we have company for thanksgiving. If it is just my husband, the kids and me we had Jennie-0 turkey roast that is pre made and I just have to cook it. The Jennie-0 turkey roast tastes the same and less work to cook, it cooks about the same length of time just don't have to go through all the slicing the turkey off the bone and such. Also has some gravy already in the it. Growing up I once even had boiled turkey for thanksgiving.
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Old 11-02-2007, 08:25 AM
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My favorite is ham but, I like a little nibble of turkey for tradition's sake.
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Old 11-02-2007, 10:32 AM
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For the past 17 years that my hubby and I have been married, we have ALWAYS hosted Thanksgiving here. Christmas dinner is at my parent's house. I have NEVER cooked a turkey. My mother cooks it and the gravy, and I make a ham and all the sides here. So we have both. YUMMO!! Cannot wait for turkey day!!!
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Old 11-02-2007, 10:43 AM
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I always make turkey but at my mom's they make both now and I wouldn't mind both, if only I could learn how to make a ham!
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Old 11-02-2007, 12:37 PM
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Not turkey lovers here so it'd have to be ham and we'd go for chicken as an extra
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When I was a child, we had turkey at Thanksgiving...Prime Rib at Xmas...and Ham on Easter. But, since then, I have had a roast goose on Xmas, tofu tamales on Xmas, Thanksgiving again on Xmas...
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At our house it's turkey. We all love turkey and have it many times during the winter months. New Years day I always bake a ham. Christmas we have a variety of Polish and American foods. Easter we're back to ham. Have a Wonderful Thanksgiving!!
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No matter where we eat Thanksgiving dinner I make the turkey. For some reason its the best when I do it.
For Christmas, I do a turkey again and dad or Tara will do a ham.
My dd and ds won't eat ham so its turkey for them.
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