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Thanksgiving at the movies: Do you head to your local theater on the holiday?

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Hugo Theater
Jaap Buitendijk

The best part of Thanksgiving (aside, of course, from all the food… glorious food) are all those little traditions we have. An annual viewing of A Charlie Brown Thanksgiving or a blurry-eyed trek (thanks for nothing, tryptophan) to your local mall at the stroke of midnight for Black Friday can be as comforting and important as the meaning of the holiday itself.

For instance, on Thanksgiving, I will inevitably sleep through the Macy’s Thanksgiving Day parade despite my best efforts not to (there were some exceptionally cool balloons this year!), eat until I require a pair of Thanksgiving pants, and head to the movies with my best friend right after we’ve recovered from the desert portion of the holiday glutton-fest. It’s as certain as death and taxes, PopWatchers.

That last bullet might just be my favorite, too. Granted, I try to go to the movies at least once a week as is, but there’s something so entirely special about going on Thanksgiving night with my all-time favorite movie-going companion. (Plus, there’s even more sugar at the movies!) Even when we have a bad holiday movie-going experience (don’t ask us why we chose Love and Other Drugs last year. We’re still asking ourselves), we at least take comfort in knowing our tradition is still going strong. (We also did this for many years on New Year’s Day. In fact, we rung in 2001 with an “Oh no, Wilson!” moment à la Kristen Wiig in Bridesmaids when we saw Cast Away.)

This year, we’ve got The Muppets planned as our post-Thanksgiving pilgrimage to the movies, though we may just have to make it a double feature with Hugo. (Both look great and really sort of perfect for the holidays, no?) But I know we’re not the only ones with this tradition, so tell me PopWatchers, how many of you make going to the movies as much a tradition as loading up on carbs and listening to Adam Sandler’s “Thanksgiving Song”? If you do, which flick(s) are you planning on seeing today, Turkey Day 2011? Share in the comments section below!

Read more:

‘Hugo’ review

‘The Muppets’ review

What was your worst holiday movie-going experience?