Thanksgiving Is Different In The South (And Brunch Was a Good Idea)

When families and friends sit down for their Thanksgiving meal, it is usually at dinner time; hence ‘Thanksgiving Dinner’. Growing up, that is all I thought I wanted (for Thanksgiving anyway. A brand new BWM and and all expenses paid Spring Break trip to Europe wouldn’t have hurt my feelings.) I thought I was totally missing out on something, because my family hosted a brunch every Thanksgiving. It wasn’t until high school, when I was invited to my boyfriend‘s family Thanksgiving Dinner that I actually got a true ‘Thanksgiving Dinner

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It’s not too late Dad… although it would be tough to fit a carseat in there…

The older I get, the more I realize that my parents were not the stupid idiots I thought they were in high school; they are actually brilliant. I have realized the error of my ways, and now wish for the days of one Thanksgiving meal where all of the guests came to me. I live six hundred miles away from my parents and my sisters (and their husbands), so popping in for a mimosa isn’t really going to happen.  Thomas has a wonderful family that has more people in it than I could have ever imagined possible (although, to be fair, the bar was really, really low as my extended family is a grand total of nine people).  More people means more responsibilities, so if anyone has any experience in being in two places at once please leave directions in the comments section below.

The spread that Thomas’s family puts out for Thanksgiving is impressive. What is even more impressive is that I could only identify one out of every five dishes the first time I attended Thanksgiving! Southern Thanksgiving, it turns out, is very different from its Northern sister. 

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Dressing source

In the South, you will find dressing instead of stuffing and sweet potato pie instead of pumpkin. Southerns prefer their beans grey instead of green; but you can find plenty of green in the Jell-O salads. No one makes my mom’s waldorf salad, but you will find my mother-in-law’s mac and cheese.  For my calories, I’m going stuffing and pumpkin pie all the way. Before I met my husband, I had never had homemade mac and cheese before (I never had the Kraft kind either as my mom was weirded out by the orange cheese powder.) My mother-in-law’s Mac And Cheese is literally life changing, so that was a definite upgrade!

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Stuffing… subtle difference but a difference nonetheless.

If only they had quit while they were ahead…


  1. I know, I always love to hear about a Southern Thanksgiving but can’t imagine eating it, I have enough trouble with the Northern version but homemade Mac n Cheese, I think I could find a way to fit it in :)
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  2. I’ve never had “dressing” or sweet potato pie, but then again, I’ve never really visited the south. Sounds like quite a great spread of food though! And I absolutely love homemade mac and cheese. Mmm….
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    • You’re not missing much! However, I STRONGLY recommend sweet potato soufflé, which is a sweet potato casserole with marshmallows! Even better (in my opinion) are the sweet potato casseroles with nuts and brown sugar. It’s like eating a cinnamon roll.

  3. We don’t celebrate thanksgiving here in the UK although I wish we did!
    This looks yummy!!!

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    • It is amazing. I had a friend who loved in Paris and every year she would try to recreate it… With very limited success! Thanks for Visiting. I enjoy your blog hop!


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