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As we all know, Thursday is Thanksgiving. To get into the spirit, I asked a bunch of Channel One staffers what their favorite part of the holiday is. Here’s what they had to say:

“Getting to run on Clearwater beach before I stuff my face!” — Jessica Kumari

“My favorite part of Thanksgiving is definitely the food (and company, of course). In particular, I love my grandmother’s cranberry sauce.┬áIt is the BEST! A couple years back, I built up the confidence to try and make it myself, so I asked her for the “secret” family recipe and she looked at me sideways and replied, “I just follow the instructions on the back of the bag of cranberries.” I was crushed!

My grandmother’s special cranberries weren’t special at all; it was all Ocean Spray” — Evan Groll

“I love mashed potatoes with homemade gravy on top! I love to dip my turkey in there. Yummm!” — Kristen Brody

“Everyone loves a Thanksgiving feast, but for me, playing golf with my
family always trumps the turkey. Unless there is snow covering every inch of the course, the Hollidays will be out in full foursome force for a little family face-off in Denver this weekend.

To my brother Willy — if you are reading this, get ready to go down in flames!

To the rest of you- have an awesome holiday, eat lots of turkey, and
duck if you hear any ‘fores.’”– Shelby Holliday

“Food is definitely my favorite because it’s all about Tradition with a capital “T.” If I’m going to my best friend’s house in North Carolina (like I am this year), she loves to cook and since I have a tiny New York kitchen, I get to pretend for a day that I have a well-stocked kitchen, too.

We’ll plan the menu together and I’ll act as sous chef.

Another memorable thing that comes to mind is watching my mom make an entire cornucopia out of dough and bake it — it was edible! She served bread rolls in it.” — Sarah Mirza

“I grew up on Long Island, about a 40-minute drive from Manhattan, but my mom has a cousin who’s lived in the big city since before I was born. Somehow, it became tradition for the whole extended family to meet up at her apartment every Thanksgiving. I can’t think of a better place to spend the holiday, with the parade that people around the country are watching going on a few blocks away.

Over the years, we came up with a ritual. We’d get up early and drive to Brooklyn, where we had breakfast at Junior’s, a 61-year-old restaurant famous for its cheesecake but also home to one of the best breakfasts in New York.

Then we’d continue on to Manhattan, where we’d line up to watch the legendary Macy’s Thanksgiving Day Parade. An independent film came next — the more obscure the better — before we headed to our cousins’ place for dinner.

I loved the whole thing, but sometimes I loved sleeping in and avoiding the bitter cold even more. My mom and my oldest brother, though, never missed any of it. And when my brother got a job at Macy’s, the ritual ended but their dream came true: They got to be in the parade, checking in early in the morning to go through makeup and become clowns, entertaining the crowd of millions between the huge balloons and celebrity-packed floats.” — Steve Tiszenkel

And if you’re just dying to know, my personal Thanksgiving fave is on par with Kristen’s — the gravy. Because I live far from my family, I usually celebrate with friends and for some reason, I’m often the only person in the room who knows how to whip up a batch. I get to swoop in at the end and be the gravy hero. Plus, outside of Thanksgiving, how often does anyone really eat gravy anymore? It’s a nice treat.

What’s your favorite part of Thanksgiving? Tell us in the comments!

 

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