SARASOTA (WSNN) - Whether you're making a turkey or putting a Christmas tree up, everyone has their own traditions on Thanksgiving. Here is what some folks on the Suncoast say they do for Thanksgiving. 


"Usually we go to my Grandma’s house and everybody is in charge of bringing their own dish," said Zeyda Ortiz, a Hillsborough County resident. "So every year, we take baked beans, ham, and Golden Corral rolls."

“Of course watching the parade on NBC and then football," said John MacCracken Sarasota County resident.

“We’re going to do a little house hopping," said Cheryl Rivers, a Sarasota County resident. "We’re going to go and spend time with family and friends.” 

“Something we’ve been doing since we moved to Florida is called ‘Steaksgiving,'" said Sarah Kaupp, a Sarasota County resident. "We don’t do Turkey, we grill out and do steak.”

“My grandma makes the turkey,” said Ortiz. I followed up by asking if it was any good, and she responded with a wink and said, “Yea, it’s good.”

"Cooking and maybe walking on the beach and just enjoying the nice weather down here," said Todd Tugwell, a North Carolina visitor.

“And I’m smart and stay here, 'cause I don’t want to be in the cold," said Jim Baldino, a Sarasota County resident.



“I don’t care about a Christmas tree, all I care about is the gifts," said Aaron Jones, Rivers' Godson. 

“We have a disagreement about that," said Tugwell, referencing his girlfriend Tasha Alexander who was standing next to him. "I’m usually like the week before Christmas kind of thing."

“I’m ready to put it up when we get home," Alexander added.

“We usually put it up after Thanksgiving, but I think it’s okay to have it up all year round," said Ortiz.

"If it were put up on Thanksgiving day, that would be my goal," said Kaupp. "Before then is too soon, cause you should be looking forward to Thanksgiving.”



“I’m thankful I have two beautiful daughters and four greatgrandchildren," said Baldino. "I’m thankful I had 54 years of a beautiful marriage."

“I’m very thankful for relationships," said Kaupp. "The Sarasota community really has that down to a T. Everybody is very friendly; it feels like a small town, even though it’s a big town."

“I’m thankful that I’m alive and I’m thankful to be American," said MacCracken.

“I’m thankful for my family, for our health, for our ability to do things like travel," said Tugwell. His girlfriend Alexander added, "I agree, I’m thankful for this guy." And the gave each other a nice big kiss.


Happy Thanksgiving everyone!