For most of us Thanksgiving ranks high on the list of favorite holidays. From the warm, fuzzy feelings of expressing gratitude to stuffing your face ’till your buttons burst, there are plenty of reasons to love Turkey Day, and we’re on a mission to find the best way to celebrate it. Whether you prefer sticking to tried-and-true nostalgic family recipes or seek a more modern approach where you shun the traditional pumpkin pie (oh, the shame!), we’re breaking down the basics of a classic-traditional versus a modern Thanksgiving.
Comfort often lies in tradition — the tradition of getting together with family and friends and feasting on quintessential Thanksgiving dishes. This traditional Thanksgiving feast features a satisfying spread of comfort foods that we look forward to all year long. Try one of these classic Thanksgiving recipes.
Let’s get real. Today’s modern families crave a Thanksgiving holiday that’s relaxed, stress-free and fun. Avoid the dreaded pre-meal meltdown by bucking traditions and trying a new approach. This isn’t your grandmother’s Thanksgiving folks.
Take a note from Emily Post and teach Thanksgiving etiquette to your kids.
Easy entertaining tips for a stress-free Thanksgiving.
Start your own Thanksgiving family tradition to continue each year.
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Cozy up while watching the football game with a cup of hot cider.
Go old-school and serve up after-dinner drinks to toast to a successful holiday.
How to make a picture perfect roast turkey.
For a succulent bird, consider a brined turkey.
Learn the basics of serving up a tasty Thanksgiving bird.
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Make a Thanksgiving gravy that’ll make grandma proud.
How to make homemade cranberry sauce your guests will love.
Gourmet mashed potatoes recipes to kick things up a notch.
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Another fall favorite, this pecan pie recipe is sweet without being too sticky.
A longtime Southern favorite, sweet potato pie is an excellent alternative to all things pumpkin.
And for those who want to have their cake and eat it too: peekaboo pumpkin pound cake.
Celebrity designer Sabrina Soto shares ideas for classic Thanksgiving decorations.
These harvest home accents set the mood for giving thanks.
Respect the sancity of the table with traditional Thanksgiving tablescape ideas.
Welcome guests with with a nature-inspired Thanksgiving leaf wreath.
Place one of these pinecone turkey crafts at each placesetting for guests.
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