Top 10 Wacky Traditions We Celebrate on Thanksgiving

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Cheese and Mac, our two lucky turkeys, are just spared a cranberry sauce-garnished future, thanks to President Barack Obama.

And it also means the day of eating too much turkey and pumpkin pie, catching up with family, and spending a lazy afternoon in front of the television before spending part of the weekend going shopping is here. Happy Thanksgiving!

Of course, every family has its own unique routines for celebrating the holiday, so we decided to round up the Top 10 strangest and most interesting Thanksgiving traditions from households around the country.

10.Takeout Day

The turkey may often be replaced by Peking Duck for many who are getting takeout for Thanksgiving. Lindsey Brock tweets that his family has ordered Chinese food for the past 22 years.

9.“Home Alone”

While you're home for the holidays, you can catch "Home Alone." The movie is shown every Thanksgiving and for some, like Gene Jinkens, it's a tradition to watch it every holiday. Stacey Seymour notes that her tradition includes viewing it on VHS.

8.Movie marathons

Many are turning up the heat at the box office this holiday. If the Hunger Games and sequel Catching Fire don't draw you out, then a motherlode of marathons in your home theater are sure to catch your attention. Twitter user Westcoast Connection is looking forward to watching the Bourne movies.

7.Turkey names

We name our cars; why not our turkeys? Courtney Harrington dishes on the family tradition that she looks forward to coming up with pet names for the main entrees. This year's birds go by "Freddy" and "Frannie."

6.Slots and spoons

What is Thanksgiving without cards, but how about slots? Melissa Manganello shares that she enjoys playing the 25-cent slot machine at her uncle's house. "I have a history of being a big winner.

5.Fun and fitness

Walking off turkey and all the fixings is no easy task. Autumn Shoemaker says her family has come up with a creative way to keep her zoo director father company at work, while burning the Turkey Day calories. "We eat and then walk the zoo together to work off the meal until they close," she writes.

4.A different dressing

You've heard of holiday sweaters, but how about Turkey Day PJs? At the Benedict homestead, Thanksgiving is best spent with everyone — including guests — in their nighttime best.

3.Green, but tasty

In Robyn Garofalo's family, coleslaw tops everything, especially turkey sandwiches on Black Friday. For Hayden Shadden, it's her aunt's "green stuff," which is a mystery mix that contains Jell-O.

2.Drinking games

The fun doesn't stop until the you find yourself hiding in the garage sipping apple pie rum, like Alex Grutter, or doing shots with your siblings in honor of your late parents, like Peg McNichol. Just as long as you're not drinking alone.

1.Christmas crafts

What better way to spend the evening than cranking out Christmas gifts for your family? Beth says when her nieces were little she had them make presents for their parents.


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