Is the TV a Part of Your Thanksgiving Tradition?

Is the TV a Part of Your Thanksgiving Tradition?

Taryn Williford
Nov 11, 2011

Valentine's Day and heart-shaped candy. St. Patrick's Day and beer. Some things just go hand-in-hand. But with so many people trying to keep the television out of their family's dinner routine, is it time for Thanksgiving to part ways with parades and football?

If you've been following my posts here on Unplggd, you'll know that I'm standing proudly in the I-still-pay-for-cable camp. The main reason? I like to watch a ton of TV programming live, including NFL football and the Macy's Thanksgiving Day Parade.

Needless to say, in my house, the TV stays on all Thanksgiving long. From the minute I wake up until around 4pm when I fall into a tryptophan coma, there's something playing in the background while we cook, eat, give thanks and catch up with family and friends.

But judging by many of the comments on Unplggd and our sister site, The Kitchn, many of you are nixing the TV from your everyday dinner routine, vowing instead to let lively converstation and nice music fill the void.

So we want to know: Is the TV a part of your Thanksgiving tradition? Do you shut off the set after the kids watch the parade? Or are you trying to wean it out completely? Tell us in the comments!

(Images:, Flickr user The Suss Man (Mike) under license from Creative Commons)

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