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Readers share favorite Thanksgiving traditions

November 24, 2022 at 12:00 a.m.

The News-Times asked our readers to share their favorite Thanksgiving traditions with us. A handful did, describing customs both familiar and unique to their families.

"We all go to the movies as a family," said David Hogg, of El Dorado.

David Hurst, also of El Dorado, said he celebrates with his wife's family every year. At his in-laws' house, the family has a traditional Thanksgiving dinner, complete with turkey, dressing, ham, deviled eggs, potatoes, beans and "more dessert than we can ever eat!"

"After dinner, most either watch football, go outside and play with the kids and grandkids and a couple may venture out in the woods behind the house and sit on a deer stand hoping to bag a trophy," he said.

Donna Ballard, of El Dorado, recalled a tradition from her childhood.

"When I was a child I loved to sit around my grandma table. It was a old vintage table. Had all the fixings for Thanksgiving," she said.

Janis VanHook said she has a traditional Thanksgiving meal with her family every year -- a turkey with all the trimmings and lots of food shared with a huge family.

"We spend the afternoon watching football and planning Christmas events for the family," she said.

Janie Smith, of Camden, said her holiday plans have been disrupted this year following the passing of her son in September.

News-Times Managing Editor Caitlan Butler said for her, Thanksgiving feels like the true start of the Christmas season. She said she likes seeing Christmas decorations start popping up in the days and weeks following turkey day -- lighting displays at parks and on homes, decorated trees in windows, elf outfits on pets and everything else holiday.

From the News-Times, we hope our readers have a happy and safe Thanksgiving.

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