No Black Friday here; our Thanksgiving dinner Friday instead

This year I asked my son’s GF what she does for Thanksgiving. She goes to her grandma’s. Her and my son had agreed to split up the day…some time spent there and some time spent here.

Frankly, with a Thanksgiving meal being so much work, I didn’t think that either her grandma or I would appreciate that so I suggested that we do our dinner on either the Sunday before, the Sunday after, or on Friday. If I am going to cook a big meal, I want people to be hungry for it :)

My son said “let’s do it on Friday after I get out of work” .

This worked out better because my grandkids would be hungry, too…not coming here from the other grandma’s house, already full.  My oldest son had been traveling for work, so once home in St.Louis he was going to stay put. My youngest and the boys dad ( my ex ) would be here on whatever day I cooked. So we’d have five adults and five children altogether. The GF has three and my son has my grandson + older sister …they are like the Brady Bunch, Tattooed Generation :)

This worked out nicely because on Thursday I still cooked my turkey ( Upside down as usual…when I do it that way, it is literally falling apart when I take it out of the oven. ) People have all sorts of complicated basting that they do but I cook it upside down and it works : ) The breast is sitting in all of that juice…it is super moist that way.

I put all of the falling apart turkey back into the cleaned roaster pan and then poured the broth from the giblets and neckbone that I had made over it. This would keep it moist and juicy in the fridge overnight. That way on the next day, I only had to deal with potatoes, gravy, stuffing, pies, and one side. ( I assigned some other sides and dinner rolls to the boy’s dad. )

I do not decorate for Christmas until after Thanksgiving but I have been itching to, since Thanksgiving came so late, plus there is all of that Christmas-y snow outside. So while the turkey was cooking, along with some regular cleaning, I started to take down the remainder of the fall / Thanksgiving decorations and bring out a few Christmas ones.

In the interim between your children growing up and becoming a grandmother, you can decorate however you want. When there are little kids around again, all of a sudden the  Nativity set and other precious things have to be put up somewhere high, and non-breakable things can be at a child’s level. My holiday season will have five little kids 8 and under, in and out of here so hopefully my decorations will survive all of that. ( there have been some beheadings and amputations from my grands over the last few years to some of them :(

As to Black Friday, God Bless those people who venture out on what I would consider to be  The Worst Shopping Day of the Year…I cannot stand crowds like that. I only did it once, years ago, not knowing what I was in for.  Never again :)

I’ll be using my grandmother’s china turkey platter today:


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13 Responses to No Black Friday here; our Thanksgiving dinner Friday instead

  1. sue says:

    Happy Thanksgiving!

  2. Balisha says:

    I’ve heard of doing the turkey upside down. Sounds so logical to me…breast in all that juice…and it turns out so moist. Enjoy!
    I love that platter….so nice to be able to use it more than just Thanksgiving.
    Hope your day is great.

  3. Jane says:

    I love how you planned out how to make Thanksgiving organized and special. And the tip on cooking the turkey sounds great, I had heard of it but never knew why. How do you reheat it the next day?

    No Black Friday for me…this is Relax Friday after being on my feet 2 straight days!!


  4. Carol Cook says:

    What a great compromise to meet everyone’s needs.

    My sister has similar issues for Christmas so she and her husband worked out that every year, the Sunday before Christmas is theirs. Everyone goes to their house and spends the whole day instead of rushing to several different homes.

  5. Grandma Kc says:

    We often have to celebrate holidays with the kids on an odd day but being so close by we get lots of other perks and it does seem fair. Your upside down turkey will be delicious! Hope you took time to have a piece of birthday cake, too!

  6. Rhonda says:

    I think you are so wise to not do a big meal on a shared day. Hope you all have a nice time tonight .

    No shopping for me either, but we did 2 online orders

  7. What a pretty platter with the pine cones on it! I know you’re busy today! I hope you all have a wonderful Thanksgiving meal.

  8. Melanie says:

    I like the idea of roasting a turkey upside down…would be a great idea with a chicken, too. I don’t go shopping on Black Friday either. No, thank you!

  9. Laura says:

    Hope you are enjoying your day late Thanksgiving. xo Laura

  10. I never heard of roasting a turkey upside down, but it makes sense. Melt in your mouth I’m sure. Hope your have a wonderful celebration and that those five children are kind to your decorations and china. We had the grandkids over night and all day while the parents went shopping. I avoid it like the plague. Give me the computer and a credit card. :-)

  11. Debbie says:

    I can totally relate to the split for holidays. With four adult children, holidays are becoming very stressful when trying to accommodate everyone. I try to be flexible but I do struggle with Christmas. It just isn’t the same when you don’t celebrate on the day.
    We had our Thanksgiving Wednesday night at my sons and my youngest two went with their dad on Thursday so I had no cooking this year except for what I brought to my sons. Sooooo, today I am cooking a small turkey just for us, I miss the leftovers!!!

  12. It’s funny, but I didn’t really know about the upside down turkey until this past Thanksgiving. I learned while eating THE MOISTEST turkey ever that it was basically prepared that way, only she rotated it.

  13. Amy says:

    Reading this “after the fact” so hope you had a wonderful day. I have never tried roasting a turkey upside down, but I’ve heard about it. Maybe I’ll have to try!

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