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Traditional and Unconventional Thanksgiving

CEDAR RAPIDS, IA (CBS 2/FOX 28)--The day began bright and early for employees here at The Long Branch Hotel as folks plied in for Thanksgiving.

"We spend few days in advance kind of doing some set up as far as tables and getting food prep obviously is a bigger deal, said Aaron Kuhle, Food and Beverage Manager.

The restaurant expected about 1200 people for brunch and a couple hundred for dinner.

"Reservations are obviously recommended on a day like today where the traffic is high, Kuhle said, but not everyone chooses to go out to eat during this day.

Just ask Jane Stevens who says she prefers the traditional way.

"It's fun to get family together. It's a little bit more personal if you're at home, she said.

Jane says she loves cooking and didn't mind having to prep last night or waking up at six this morning to get the turkey and other desserts ready.

She says it takes about ten hours to cook a proper thanksgiving meal, but in the end it's still worth staying home.

"I can't imagine going out on Thanksgiving. That wouldn't be something I wouldn't even think about because it's tradition, Stevens said.

Tradition to spend the day with loved ones cooking and eating together.

She says that's what thanksgiving is all about and that picture is clear at this table and although non-traditional, right here too.

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