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A Gentleman’s Guide to Carving the Turkey at Someone Else’s Place

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Your girlfriend’s family. Your friends. Clooney.

Odds are, at some point in your life, one of these will invite you to Thanksgiving. (Even better odds if the last two are redundant.)

And there you’ll be, ready to make small talk and compliment the hell out of some casserole, when you’ll hear it: a polite question that’s really more of a demand. Would you like to carve the turkey?

The answer, of course, is yes. But unless you come prepared, things could go horribly wrong.

Herewith, a few key pointers...»

Your Holiday Host Gift Guide

1125hostHED It’s not an insignificant amount of work that goes into making Thanksgiving, well, the best.

And unless you’re the one who plans on spending their Thursday basting, mashing and otherwise preparing for that all-out food-for-all, then you better not be showing up empty-handed. Now, we’re not at all saying you need to spend a fortune. But in the spirit of the day, your hosts better damned well know that you appreciate them putting in the effort.

That’s where we come in. Having combed the Internet so you don’t have to, we’ve compiled some of the finest ways to praise your own pumpkin pie purveyors.

Give thanks, after the jump...»

The Kempt Guide to Your Thanksgiving Weekend

You did it. You survived Thanksgiving. Now what?

You could join the fray of rabid consumers... or you could catch up on your Kempt, with a few timely reads from the archives that should help you make it through the weekend—like some prescient sweatpants advice, football talk with John Elway or something magical we like to call T.Hanks-giving. Without further ado:

The five Kempt posts to guide you through your Thanksgiving weekend. Enjoy:»

Happy Turkey Day, Internet

If you haven’t already, it’s time to get started on some epic gluttony, football watching and an appropriate amount of familial rabble rousing. Let’s also take a brief moment to recognize how awesome this photo of Marilyn Monroe is. (Sexy Pilgrims do exist!) Gentlemen, start your carving knives.

We’ll leave you with a few more black-and-whites of sexy Pilgrims after the jump, and see you tomorrow—if the tryptophan has worn off by then...»

Andreea Diaconu Is Thankful for Tropical Weather

via World’s Best Ever

Brewsgiving: For the vino-averse, GQ has put together some great beer pairings for your turkey consumption. [GQ]

Badsgiving: Spike Lee has put together an epic documentary on the making of Michael Jackson’s Bad album. It’ll be on ABC tomorrow night, about when you’re ready to settle in. [USA Today]

Songsgiving: A definitive guide to the greatest Thanksgiving songs of all time... that misses the latest gem from Nicole Westbrook, but hey. [Bullett]

Healthsgiving: To make up for any food-related transgressions tomorrow, here’s how to turn those turkey leftovers into a healthy California club, courtesy of chef Charlie Palmer. [Valet]

This Friday, Celebrate T.Hanks-giving

The holidays are full of traditions, but the Friday after Thanksgiving doesn’t have much going for it, aside from the mayhem of discount shopping.

And with everyone back in town for the weekend, it’s a great time to take a break from the family stuff and reconnect with old pals.

Our humble suggestion: something we like to call T.Hanks-giving.

It’s a celebration of friendship, holiday spirit and the filmic oeuvre of a national treasure. Allow us to explain...»

The Reentry: And So It Begins...

Thanksgiving Day is so close, we can nearly taste it. Mr. Hitchcock is so excited, he’s overcome his aversion to birds. It’s undeniable—the holidays are upon us.

Time to get started on a good six-week bender of reckless food consumption, unabashed merriment and some family-appropriate debauchery. Please leave the resolutioning and course correcting for January 2, 2013.

As a first step, start updating your holiday kitsch.