RWH Answers 10 Quick Thanksgiving Questions

It’s 4 AM.  Shall we discuss how many mornings I’ve seen 4 AM since I’ve been in New Jersey?  Three out of four.  And that one when I didn’t?  That one, which I thought heralded an end to this jet lag silliness?  Well, I stayed up until 2 AM that night.  Apparently, when I don’t have a rigid schedule to stick to, I’m not so motivated to get rid of the jet lag.

3-5 AM is also chilly. <3 hoodies.

3-5 AM is also chilly.

While jet lag was super useful when I returned to help care for a sick relative (I got the night shift), and again when I was back for sisterly wedding shenanigans (and there was too much to do to sleep), there’s not much use for it now.  But I’m also minimally motivated to correct the problem.  So instead, I go to sleep around 11, wake up around 2 or 3 AM, work for a few hours, then sleep from 5 AM until 8 or 9 AM.  Altogether, I’m getting a decent amount of sleep – and sleeping well, really – it’s just in two medium sized chunks, rather than one long block.  But that 3-5 AM window turns out to be pretty productive.

Take this morning, for example.  I’ve spent the last few days wondering what, if anything, I should do on the blog to celebrate Thanksgiving.  It is, after all, my most favorite holiday.  But I couldn’t really think of anything appropriate and not annoying.  Then, in the wee hours of the morning, I scrolled through my feed reader and found a post from Shut Up and Run (SUAR): 10 Quick Thanksgiving Questions.

Thanksgiving-related? Check.
Quick? Check. (5 AM is fast approaching)
No requirement to import a button or do any fancy linking? CHECK.
[^One day, I shall learn to do this.]

So without further ado:

1. How old do you have to be to move up from the kids’ table? 

My sister and I grew up as the only kids in our family, really.  We always sat at the adults’ table.  When I was a kid, people were always telling me that I “was very well-spoken with adults”.  I attribute this to a kids’ table-less childhood.   [Incidentally, I didn’t do so well with my peers.]

Amusingly, when I was a teenager, my sister and I went to a “family” party at the house of one of my parent’s friends.  These folks had relatives with kids – lots of kids – and the whole concept of getting to play games, eat at our own table, and generally have a great time with people our own age – was revolutionary to us.  We still laugh about this.

2. Stuff the turkey or cook stuffing separately? (aka salmonella or not?)

Nooooooooooo.  In fact, we make Stuffing Balls.  No lie.  [And by “we”, I mean my sister’s best friend from high school, who my parents have practically adopted as their son.  He comes over every year to help with Thanksgiving prep.  And makes the Stuffing Balls.]

3. Who sits at the head of the table?

We’re not fussy.  The lithe people squeeze into the back, the patient people sit on the ends, and the people who need to get up a lot sit on the outside.  Or, we all sit wherever we happen to put down our drink.

4. Pumpkin, pecan, apple pie?

Yes!!!!!!!!!  ALL THE PIES*!!!!!!!!!

5. What the hell is mince meat?

Not something the RWH Family eats on Thanksgiving.
[*Exception to the ALL THE PIES rule = Mincemeat pie.]

6. Is it okay to play Christmas music on Thanksgiving?

To whip out some Singlish (which is rather ironic): NO, LAH.  Absolutely not.
Christmas music can come out AFTER Thanksgiving.  Like, Friday.  But no sooner.

7. In five words or less, worst Thanksgiving memory?

Strep throat, puked orange juice.

8. Speaking of leftovers. Who gets dibs on them? 

My family always hosts.  We keep most of the leftovers, but will happily fill a container or two for anyone who’d like to take some food home.

9. Worst Thanksgiving food?

I love all Thanksgiving food.  But honestly, the turkey is probably my least favorite part, when there is so much other deliciousness around.  Unless there’s fruit in the stuffing.  Then, the stuffing.  Ick.

10. Best Thanksgiving quick joke?

I have no idea.  I’m not especially good with jokes.

Your turn!  Answer any/all in the comments, or copy & paste onto your own blog.  Or, just skim through my answers while recovering from your turkey-and-pie induced food coma.

Singapore friends, feel free to ask whatever pressing Thanksgiving questions you may have.  [In all honesty, I considered doing a post on the historical and modern cultural aspects of Thanksgiving, but I was too busy eating pizza last night.]

The day before Thanksgiving is one of the busiest for pizza places.  No lie!  Also: New Jersey Pizza, I LOVE YOU.

The day before Thanksgiving is one of the busiest for pizza places. No lie!
Also: New Jersey Pizza, I LOVE YOU.

Wishing all my Thanksgiving-celebrating friends: Safe travels, Family harmony, Delicious food, and
Much thankfulness today (and every day, really, if we’re gonna be cheesy about it).

And be sure to stop back later today, because I’ll be featuring a special, post-big-meal Thanksgiving Day STRETCH!!!

15 thoughts on “RWH Answers 10 Quick Thanksgiving Questions

    1. Holly @ Run With Holly Post author

      I’m not totally against Chicken Pot Pie (I’m not sure if you meant “meat”, or meat, in the title); I think it’s the combination of “mince” and “meat” (garlic is minced, but when meat is minced, I have to wonder why it must be minced…and usually assume because otherwise I wouldn’t want to eat whatever it actually is). But you could sell me a nut pie just about any day of the week! 🙂

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  1. Amy

    I was texting with one of my best friends from China (who is American) and I wished her Happy Thanksgiving and I said I hope she does not have to use cheap, exploding plastic bags to break the cookies in for the pie crust. She responded and said she hopes I do not have to dig the poultry’s head out of its a$$ this Thanksgiving. Needless to say, we made our own fabulous holiday memories in China on Thanksgiving. So glad you get to be with your family and keep on rockin’ the jet-lagging!

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    1. Holly @ Run With Holly Post author

      HAHAHHA. Amy, I’m dying over this comment. Back in New Jersey, there was no beheading necessary; but I’ll be sharpening my cleaver for my return to Singapore, and preparation of the promised Thanksgiving meal for friends & family!

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  2. Kim

    We had a kids’ table when we went to my cousin’s house. In fact, it was located in their garage. (Not a heated garage, mind you…) We ate there when her cousins from the opposite side of the family visited as well until they were old enough to not throw food. (I think I was 15-16?) Other than those relatively rare occasions, we were integrated.
    Pie for us is always apple, which my Mom makes. (Dessert ALWAYS includes Italian pastries)
    We have similar seating plan for holidays, which puts my Grandfather at the head.
    Thanksgiving means small turkey (no one really eats it until leftovers) because Thanksgiving is just a whole bunch of Italian food plus a turkey and stuffing. Actually, that’s all holidays. Whole bunch of Italian food plus 1 “traditional” main dish. (Ham for Christmas and Easter).

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    1. Holly @ Run With Holly Post author

      Interesting…and although I’m sure the food is delicious, I feel a bit bad that you miss out on all the Thanksgiving goodies,Kim! Mashed potatoes, sweet potatoes, applesauce, cranberry sauce…yummmmm!

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  3. Stephanie@nowiun.com

    This was the PERFECT post for today! I just did my post, but I ‘m considering copying it for next year.
    Sorry to hear that you have an ailing family member who needs around the clock care. I’m sure it makes you feel good to know that you are a part of the rotation.

    I love stuffing and gravy. These “stuffing balls” you speak of have me very intrigued…

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    1. Holly @ Run With Holly Post author

      They’re pretty simple: Just take your typical stuffing recipe (may need to reduce the ‘extras’, if you add a lot in), add some extra water or chicken broth, and form the stuffing into balls. We drizzle some butter on top, and bake them on a cookie sheet. 🙂

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  4. Jess

    Yeah I agree with Stephanie such a fun post! I always hated the kids table, my parents usually didn’t separate us but many of their friends did. Your thanksgiving spread sounds delicious. That pizza looks really good too!

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    1. Holly @ Run With Holly Post author

      Don’t know how pizza in Australia is, but I’m a born & bred pizza snob (as most of my fellow New Jersey/New York City-ians are). That pizza…from the regular little pizzeria down the street…was amazing! 🙂

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  5. Meagan

    This was a cute post 🙂 I hope you had a great Thanksgiving!

    RE: Kids Tables- I have never given the kids table a second thought before now! At both of my grandparents’ houses, if you were in the grandchild generation you are automatically at the kids table even if you are 25 and married. However, if there’s room at the adult table the oldest kids can move up to that table. The funny thing is this is all unspoken but everyone knows the “rules.”

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  6. Debbie @ Deb Runs

    I’m with you on the turkey! With so many other good foods on the table, I have to remember to take some turkey since it is Thanksgiving after all! Wish I’d had time to look at this on Thanksgiving, and I’d definitely have played along! Maybe next year!

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