Young Professionals Turkey, potatoes, stuffing, string beans and roll.

Turkey, potatoes, stuffing, string beans and roll.

Learn how to personalize your Thanksgiving

Published on November 19th, 2013 | by Josh Hafner

There’s a certain warmth to the ritual of Thanksgiving for many while growing up.

Maybe you always made a trip to some relatives’ house where you spent the day with your family members, bantering or bickering over grandma’s green bean casserole. Thanksgiving was steady, predictable, something you could count on. Until you grew up.

When you get into your 20s and 30s and move beyond college to start new jobs and move to new states, holidays like Thanksgiving can start to look different.

Perhaps you can’t make it back to see your family every year. Maybe you’re carving the turkey with a spouse’s family or just a group friends who feel like family. Maybe you and your significant other decide to start new holiday traditions of your own. Or perhaps you’d rather enjoy a day off, eat Chinese food and hit Best Buy at 6 p.m.

Whatever Thanksgiving looks like for you, follow our handy flowchart and let Juice be your guide. You’ll be thankful you did.

Check out the videos below for some food recipes or a few ideas on how to make this holiday a bit more festive:


About the Author

covers young professionals for The Des Moines Register. Josh can be reached at or on Twitter via @joshhafner.

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