Where Do You Eat Thanksgiving Dinner?

Filed under: Holidays, In The News

turkey on platterLast year, the Automobile Association of America found that of 2,000 people surveyed, 43 percent traveled over the Thanksgiving holiday, and of that number, 71 percent traveled with children. Don't believe it? Just hang out at O'Hare International Airport next Wednesday. It's like the evacuation of Saigon.

And get this -- 44 percent of all travelers had an annual income of $40,000 or less. What does that mean? My guess is that more folks will travel by road than by air, considering the high price of plane tickets -- folks like me.

I start getting anxiety headaches in October, because I know come November we'll drive more than 1,400 miles to eat turkey with my husband's father and grandparents, and my mother and sister. Yes, we eat twice.

And yes, we are insane. Personally, I hate it. I've come to loathe even the idea of November, and just wait until I tell you what we do at Christmas. My favorite month of the year?

January.

But how else do you do it? There's a divorce involved, so we already skip seeing one branch of the family tree. Toss in the fact that my mom is a widower and my husband's grandparents are elderly, and the pressure for us to visit for this traditionally family-oriented holiday is huge.

So we cave. If you see a silver minivan traveling east on the New York State Thruway on Thanksgiving Day, it's me.

What do you do? How do you decide? And when did you put your foot down and start your own traditions at home, without your family of origin?

Do You Travel For Thanksgiving?
Yes, I love to be with my family for the holidays41 (32.8%)
No, we stay home and have our own traditions47 (37.6%)
Sometimes, it depends on the circumstances 37 (29.6%)

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