My family does not watch football. Ever. Not even on thanksgiving. My brother played hockey and the only football my father is even remotely interested in, being Italian, is soccer. So what did we do on Thanksgiving you ask? Well, Macy's Thanksgiving day parade was a favorite. In person sometimes, but it was always on TV. And well, we ate--big traditional American Thanksgiving favorites (with some slight nods to Italian gastronomy).
But after dinner was coffee, desserts, roasted chestnuts, sitting by the fire, card playing, talking, talking, and more talking. And every year it was this classic 1934 movie, The March of the Wooden Soldiers featuring Laurel & Hardy. This classic tale (also known as Babes in Toyland) has a firm place in my holiday memories. It used to be on TV every Thanksgiving, but I haven't seen it in a few years now. Maybe it's time to revive this tradition--find it on Netflix!