Why Thanksgiving is So Special to Us
The majority of people that will read this blog post live in the United States of America. If you’ve had the opportunity to travel to other parts of the world or if you follow international news at all then you most likely have a huge appreciation for the simple fact that you live in the USA. Compared to everywhere else on planet earth, we have so many inherent advantages just because we are Americans and for that I am eternally grateful.
Not only do I live in America, I just so happen (in my humble opinion) to live in one of the best parts of the U.S. The Florida Panhandle and more specifically the 30A corridor is full of immense natural beauty and friendly people. It’s not only a great place to vacation but it’s also a great place to live full-time. So with that we’ve decided to ask our local 30A friends various questions related to this wonderful Thanksgiving holiday that we are all so lucky to celebrate each year.
What is your favorite Thanksgiving food and why?
Dry Turkey!! This is the only time I get DRY Turkey and it is absolutely my favorite. I do not like moist turkey….yuk! – Mindy W.
My favorite Thanksgiving food is my Grandma’s peach cobbler. With her own canned peaches, it is a killer homemade cobbler. If I could, I’d skip all the other Thanksgiving food and just go straight to dessert! – Saxon S.
I’d have to say my favorite Thanksgiving food is my Mom’s dressing. Growing up I hated it, but now, it usually takes up the most space on my plate! YUM! – Dana D.
What Thanksgiving food are you and why?
I am cranberry sauce because I’m sweet and jiggly. – Erin W.
I am sweet potato casserole because my husband tells me I am sweet but I can be a little nutty! – Jessica K.
Does cold beer count as food? If not, then I’d have to say I’m Cheesy potatoes and apple pie. I’m not a huge fan of turkey so I stick with the starches. – Adam S
What is your funniest / weirdest Thanksgiving memory?
When I was a mortician, I had to go to a family’s home and remove an elderly lady who died at the dinner table. – Greg C.
We were in northern Wisconsin for our annual Gun Deer hunt / family Thanksgiving vacation week. By family I’m referring to my immediate and extended so there were at least 18 of us involved. We had hunted hard for the 3 days leading up to Thanksgiving with no luck. Finally, on a super snowy Thursday morning we harvested a massive northern WI 12 point Buck! The mood went from somber to pure jubilee so we decided to head to the local tavern to celebrate. The Miller Lite and Bloody Marys flowed freely and the Packers just happened to be playing the Lions in the Turkey Day NFL traditional game. It was the perfect confluence of events! Well, an hour turned into 3 which turned into many more. By the time we got back to our lodge everyone except our designated drivers were flying high. When Thanksgiving dinner was finally served, a quarter of the crew had already passed out and a few others were holding their heads over the toilet. Needless to say, it was a joyous / funny / weird / awesome Thanksgiving that will forever stand out in my memory. – Adam S.
What is your favorite Thanksgiving tradition?
My brother and I began our Thanksgiving movie marathon to get us in the Christmas Spirit. We always start off with Home Alone, Home Alone 2, and then National Lampoon Christmas Vacation. Over the years we have added Elf and How the Grinch Stole Christmas (the Jim Carrey one) plus a few others. Even though his family is in Alabama and I am down here on the Emerald Coast, we still facetime each other every Thanksgiving night and begin our time old tradition of Christmaspalooza. – Heather P.
Oh my goodness, this is my favorite time of the year! I will not hesitate to drop some serious dough on a Honey Baked Ham…the reason they charge so much is because of addicts like myself. I ALWAYS make my homemade rolls, they don’t always turnout. So, I guess my favorite Thanksgiving tradition would be feasting with the people I LOVE. – Emily S.
Football, football and more football. Nothing better than starting Thanksgiving day morning with a Bloody Mary, Spotted Cow chaser and NFL game. After the first one, there’s another game and it’s time to switch to beer only. The conclusion of the second game brings you close to dinner time where you get to stuff your face with amazing food and more drink. After the meal, another NFL game is on and it’s time to switch to something a little stronger so you can stay up and watch your fantasy football points hopefully go to the moon. – Adam S.
What are you most thankful for this Thanksgiving?
There are many things I am thankful for but I am very thankful to be able to call this beautiful area of Florida my home. From the gorgeous sunsets over the Gulf of Mexico to a romantic dinner at a local restaurant, it is truly a paradise and is why 30A is my escape! – Dylan B.
A healthy family and roof over our heads. We are nothing if not for our health and a place to live. At the moment we have both and I am most thankful for that. – Adam S.
A huge THANK YOU goes out to all of the 30A locals above that were so kind to share their Thanksgiving memories with us. Please feel free to share your favorite Thanksgiving traditions with the 30A Prime community in the comments below…