What do you wear to Thanksgiving dinner?

What do you wear to Thanksgiving dinner?

When I was a kid, I both loved and hated holidays like Thanksgiving and Christmas. I loved getting to see all of my relatives and enjoying all the delicious food they prepared–I come from a family of great cooks, so it’s no wonder I am such a foodie. My aunts and cousins would spend what seemed like weeks preparing for the holidays, baking the most amazing pies and cakes. And then there was all the rest of the food–perfectly roasted turkey, cornbread stuffing, candied yams….oh I could go on. The food was heaven.

Getting dressed to go to dinner was not.

My mom would always pick out the itchiest tights for me to wear with a dress that might look cute but in reality was super uncomfortable. I hated it. I wanted to wear my favourite jeans or a nice sweater, but my mom would make me wear a dress and try to tame my hair into submission.

Even now, when I have to go to office Christmas parties or Thanksgiving dinners at friends’ houses, I have moments of panic. What will I wear? Is it going to itch? Will it pinch where it shouldn’t? Will I have to wear horrible tights that chafe? And then I remind myself that I am an adult and I can wear whatever I want these days to parties and dinners.

 

Yes, I really do have this t-shirt. And I love it. 🙂

So what will I wear to Thanksgiving this year? Well, I live in Sweden and have to work on Thanksgiving since Swedes don’t celebrate the holiday. However, I will celebrate on 2 December with some friends. Luckily, it’s a casual affair for us so I don’t have to get dressed up. I will wear some jeans and a sweater, which will be comfy.

Now for the Christmas party…well, I haven’t decided yet. But I WILL NOT wear a dress. I could wear my favourite ELF t-shirt paired with my fluffy sweater, black velvet leggings and cute flats. My colleagues usually get dressed to the nines. I did the first year, but I was so uncomfortable that I decided that next time I’d wear something fun, festive AND comfortable. I have another ELF t-shirt that has sparkly sleeves. It could make a comeback. 😉

Usually there’s a specific dress code for our office Christmas parties (and I usually ignore it for the sake of comfort). I just don’t see the point of being uncomfortable when I know I will dance and want to have fun.

What about you? Will you wear to your Thanksgiving dinner or Christmas party?

 

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  1. Susan Scott Shelley says:

    Same here with being forced to wear stuff I hated as a kid. 🙂
    Thanksgiving will be casual tomorrow. Dinner at my parents. While some people might be getting dressed up, I’m wearing jeans, boots, and a sweater. Comfort and warmth come first for me. And Christmas will likely be the same.
    I love your idea of combining fun and festive. The sparkly sleeved Elf shirt sounds awesome!

    • Susan, you are I are kindred spirits. I really dislike when people make the holidays so formal and stiff. I want to be comfortable and casual. I want to feel like I can relax and enjoy myself! Who can do that having to wear Spanx just to make sure a dress looks okay? 😉

      I can’t wait to wear my Elf t-shirts. I’ve been looking for a new one to add to my collection, but I haven’t found one that jumps out at me. 🙂

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