Thanksgiving Day Feast- when do you eat it?

Some people eat their Thanksgiving feast earlier in the day while others eat it at a more "normal" dinner time. Is this a regional thing, personal preference, or logistical thing (i.e. to allow time for travelling to relative/friends' houses)?

When I lived in Idaho we ate Thanksgiving dinner around 2 or 3 in the afternoon, but once we moved to the East Coast (DC 'burbs), we ate dinner in the evening. We don't have extended relatives living nearby, so dinner is usually an immediate family affair or with family friends.

When do you usually begin the feasting and why? This year I am considering starting dinner earlier in the afternoon. We'll see...


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