Some Unique Thanksgiving Holiday Doings 

Some Unique Thanksgiving Holiday Doings 

Some Unique Thanksgiving Holiday Doings

For many of us Thanksgiving looks like a Norman Rockwell painting.

A big family sitting down at a perfectly-set table to enjoy all the traditional foods, from a roasted and basted turkey to the favorite traditional side dishes.

Pies sit in the windowsill, the kids squabble for the wishbone and the parents drink wine with football games on TV in the background.

But, it is not all like that, as different regions and families have their own take on turkey day.

That being the case, we have found a few of the stranger traditions happening today across the USA

Deep Frying a Turkey

Deep Fried Turkey

Southern cuisine never fails to impress.

Attend any Southern State Fair and you will encounter new and creative ways to deep fry foods that should never be deep fried.

The Big Q: So, why would Thanksgiving, the King of all food holidays, be any different?

Deep frying a turkey is as dangerous as it is delicious, and it is certainly not for the inexperienced. Crispy and juicy, this delicacy definitely is not the norm.

Turkey Trot

Marathon Runners Competing At Park
The Turkey Trotters run 3 mi on a holiday set aside for eating is a surly a divergence from the norm.

The Big Q: Run before on run after the Turkey?

Turkey Trot events can be found around the US and typically raise money for different causes depending on local organizers. Which means this event not only helps out a good cause but also helps you feel good about the binge eating session you will have later in the day.

Turkey Pardoning

Wild turkey in grass

Probably the strangest universal tradition we Americans have is the annual turkey pardoning.

Only the President actively participates in this event, granting 1 lucky bird its freedom on its scariest day of the year. And while there is something nice and satisfying about watching the spectacle, it is a little strange that just 1 turkey officially gets its freedom.

Equally strange to many is the tradition of tofurky, the vegetarian-friendly Thanksgiving meal that reflects this pardon.

Frozen Turkey Bowling

Butterball Turkey
While some families line up to play touch football in the backyard, others will be taking part in a different sport: Frozen Turkey Bowling.

It is exactly what it sounds like: a frozen turkey is thrown down a long grocery store aisle to knock over plastic soda bottles. Nothing says gratitude like watching a frozen bird sail down the aisle for a strike. Weird, Yes?

Lining Up for Black Friday Early

black friday lines in front of retail store
Black Friday has increasingly garnered more fanfare and attention in the past 10 years, prompting lines of shoppers to queue up earlier and earlier to get access to shopping deals.

But the tradition has spilled into Thanksgiving day, with major stores like Macy’s opening their doors for sales Thursday evening. Families who stand in line together to buy stuff, stay together it seems. This is something I have never done, and never see myself doing.

Have a Happy Thanksgiving Holiday Weekend!

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