I don't recall if the around-the-table thankful thing is part of their family's tradition.
Although I suppose it's possible to extinguish some fires before they're even a spark, I'm not sure I'll muster the moxie to try.
Sent in by a reader:
"Tradition in our family was for Dad to make the turkey and dressing. After scrubbing the extremely large bird, he would scour their deep kitchen sink and then he'd mix pounds (seriously -- pounds) of dressing right there in that sink. He'd fill the bird with stuffing, and any extra would get cooked in a casserole dish.
"One year, we were cleaning up from dinner and went to wash the dishes, but couldn't find the sink stopper anywhere. We improvised with a jar lid and didn't think much about it, until later that night, when Dad was emptying the turkey to put in the fridge. Guess what he found inside.
"My aunt, a total germaphobe, was right there in the room but had her back turned when Dad pulled out the sink stopper and showed us and we all collapsed laughing. We never told her what was so funny. It's been a family secret for years."
A few quick conversation do's and don'ts to make Thanksgiving dinner more pleasant:
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