Does Anyone Dress Nicely on Thanksgiving Anymore? Are We All Slobs?

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Is this what we've come to?
When I was a little kid, we used to spend Thanksgiving at a cousin's of somebody's cousin. It was a large affair replete with generations of family members, lots of food, and, knowing the Koenig clan, it probably ended in some sort of sing-along. One of the things I remember clearly was that my mother dressed my sisters and me in our nicest outfits. Our hair was combed (a rarity), our faces cleaned and we looked like we were headed for somewhere all sorts of fancy.

Last year, if I am not mistaken, I ran the Sheltering Arms Turkey Trot and spent the majority of the day in my sweaty running gear shoveling crudite in my mouth as I mashed yams. I am sure eventually I showered and threw on a pair of jeans, but that was about as dressy as I got.

What happened to dressing nicely for Thanksgiving? Does anyone do this anymore? Thanksgiving used to be a high-end holiday and now it feels like a day of slack and slothery. When did this happen?

In trying to find some information on when we stopped caring about how we look at Thanksgiving, I stumbled on an eHow article entitled "How To Dress for Thanksgiving." The article states clearly that the only two things you'll need are casual clothing and comfy shoes. Because you might not know what to do with either of these items, there are also five instructions of what to do next once you have obtained said articles.

Firstly, the post states, "be casual." Cool, I think we got that from the things we need. The article goes on to mention that Thanksgiving is a day dedicated to consumption and then recovery. People should be conscience of their inherent excess on the day including the fact that in their state of gluttony they are guaranteed to spill dark colored cranberry sauce or gravy all over themselves and they will need to expand their stomachs, so best to go with elastic bands.

Is that the reason that we've stopped dressing up for the holiday? We instantly turn into fat slobs?

I threw this pondering out there to some friends and one of my friends who I consider the most socially responsible said that her family, too, has stopped dressing up as much as she recalls.

"When I was young, it seemed like everyone got dressed up way more than we do now. Over the years, things have gotten progressively more casual, which I blame on my cousins and on society in general."

Cousins aside, blaming society may be right on. Another possibility for our dressing down is due to the inclusion of football as a standard part of the day. Many families take to the outdoors and have a game of their own, and even more families than that sit on their butts all day glued to the television. Who in the hell wants to sit with a cold one watching the game in a pair of khakis? You'll look like a big dork.

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orders28
orders28

Nice dress,,,  Real thanks giving reward will be to wear dress as per your partner choice :)

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wordlover
wordlover

Growing up, my mom not let us leave the house on Thanksgiving, unless we were dressed in our Sunday best, even thought it was only Thursday.  I kinda enjoyed dressing up.  As we grew older, my mom grew lax and well, dressing up became a thing of Thanksgivings past.  But it's come full circle because now, we're all adult, middle-aged, and we're dressing up again.  Maybe not our Sunday best,  but certainly not sweats.  Not that there is anything wrong with that either. I just call the jeggings now.  ha!

SarahMKelly
SarahMKelly

I can see how dressing more casual is becoming a trend on Thanksgiving. My family does continue to dress nice (not fancy but certainly not sweat pants) for T-day, and we don't have any kids left in the family. (I think that a lot of formality is for the little ones during the holidays). I, personally, like to wear a snug pair of pants, so I don't eat soooo much! I can't even begin to imagine how much more I would consume with sweat pants on!

Kristina Michel
Kristina Michel

Well, we're not all in our church clothes if that's what you mean, but we're also not running around in our PJs and underwear. My family tends to dress more semi-casual, I think. A nice shirt with some un-torn jeans and fancy boots (especially if it's cold like it's supposed to be this year) usually works well. Or maybe they dress in layers and fancy it up with a nice sweater. But in all honesty, I don't think it's very practical to dress up in your nice clothes for Thanksgiving. You're eating everything from turkey with dressing to pies with filling all throughout the day. One wrong move with the overfilled plate, and it's over. Who wants to risk staining their nice, dry-clean only dress or slacks just to obligate some anachronistic ritual of dressing formal on Turkey Day?

Conkre2
Conkre2

I wrote this on the FB page, but I figured I would post here as well:


Define truly casual though. I think the writer's standard for what that means may be off. I can find pictures of individuals in the 60's, 70's, 80's, 90's and now 00's-10's that all dress in a very casual manner. But by casual one does not mean to show up like everything's everything. No. Casual means something that is presentable; yet comfortable for the individual. Some nice jeans/slacks, a suitable sweater.. perhaps even a button up shirt. That's casual. It seems that the writer is conflating things. And also projecting. I wonder, does your impression of what a proper Thanksgiving attire consists of come from some 40-50's advertisement???

And if we are speaking of the inclusion of football as a contributor to our degradation- then perhaps you can first tell me how far back you want to go? Because football and Thanksgiving have had a very long relationship. 

This here is not real life, writer. This is advertisement: http://4.bp.blogspot.com/.../s1600/1954+pink+grey+dr+tg.jpg

Next you're going to tell me how women don't seem to dress as nice anymore. And how men have become feminized. Goober.

Francisco Muñiz-Belmares
Francisco Muñiz-Belmares

Define truly casual though. I think the writer's standard for what that means may be off. I can find pictures of individuals in the 60's, 70's, 80's, 90's and now 00's-10's that all dress in a very casual manner. But by casual one does not mean to show up like everything's everything. No. Casual means something that is presentable; yet comfortable for the individual. Some nice jeans/slacks, a suitable sweater.. perhaps even a button up shirt. That's casual. It seems that the writer is conflating things. And also projecting. I wonder, does your impression of what a proper Thanksgiving attire consists of come from some 40-50's advertisement??? And if we are speaking of the inclusion of football as a contributor to our degradation- then perhaps you can first tell me how far back you want to go? Because football and Thanksgiving have had a very long relationship. This here is not real life, writer. This is advertisement: http://4.bp.blogspot.com/-gw3zjKg5yWQ/UJ4wbvJOWmI/AAAAAAAARtw/jkp0UoNBAsY/s1600/1954+pink+grey+dr+tg.jpg Next you're going to tell me how women don't seem to dress as nice anymore. And how men have become feminized. Goober.

conebaby
conebaby topcommenter

So great! (I'm still in my PJs.)

conebaby
conebaby topcommenter

@Conkre2 What an utterly humorless reply to a clearly lighthearted article.

Conkre2
Conkre2

@conebaby @Conkre2 No. It's an utterly condescending article that deserves to be challenged. Picking fun is fine. I am not above such things. This, however, just comes off as snobbish poppycock. And if there is much humor in this article, it is absurdly dry.

conebaby
conebaby topcommenter

@conebaby "How is it possible that the best-dressed item at the holiday table is the now turkey?"

That's just funny.

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