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Thanksgiving for some means no cooking, but a trip out to eat

You think of turkey, gravy, sweet potatoes, and family on Thanksgiving. Typically you think of having the big meal at your home.

West Columbia, SC (WLTX) – Many Midlands families are having their Thanksgiving meals in a non-traditional way.

You think of turkey, gravy, sweet potatoes, and family on Thanksgiving. Typically you think of having the big meal at your home.

Bobby Padgett believes quality time with the ones that you love is important, no matter where you have your meal on Thanksgiving.

"It's better for all of us just to get together at Thanksgiving to enjoy one another and feel each other person's love," said Padgett. "We usually cook but as my step mother and my dad are getting older, this is our first Thanksgiving here at Carolina Buffet so we're really excited."

Padgett's family is one of many who's getting their big meal away from home. Some headed to restaurants like Carolina Buffett in Springdale.

Jonathan Reason, the owner of Carolina Buffett, says this is their 6th year of having Thanksgiving at their restaurant. If you name it, they’ve probably cooked it.

"It's more convenient, I mean you got your families that are small, like a family of three or four. You're getting a whole turkey and you're going to have turkey for about three or four days. That's a lot of leftovers and it ain't the same like it used to be I guess," explained Reason.

Some would say this isn't the traditional way but others say it's the start of something new for Turkey Day.

Mike Scott believes not having to cook the meal let's his family spend more time together.

He says this gives him more time to think of what he's thankful for.

"We made a decision to go out because it's convenient. The food's great. It's consistent and a good fellowship. Thanksgiving means how blessed I am, how thankful I am, and I still have my mother and good friends," said Scott.

No matter whether you eat at home or in a restaurant, it's important to be thankful that you can spend that meal with good company.

"Enjoy your family, enjoy the love for one another, enjoy your Thanksgiving whether you are eating in or eating out today. So just enjoy one another today," said Padgett.

Carolina Buffet said they cooked over 600 pounds of turkey for this year's Thanksgiving meal.

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