HORRY COUNTY, SC (WMBF) – From supporting family in golf tournaments to playing against family in Ultimate Frisbee, families all over the Grand Strand say it's not about what they're doing on Thanksgiving, but who they get to spend it with.
Captain George's Seafood Buffet is just one restaurant open during Thanksgiving in Myrtle Beach. While many people may think it is untraditional to go out to eat, for many people dining at Captain George's, it is simply part of their own tradition.
"We've been coming here for 30 years, going out to eat is just one way to keep the day absolutely stress free," explains Donna Clemmenson. Her family comes to the beach from Texas and Delaware to celebrate the holiday together.
"The kitchen in our condo is just too small, and it's nice to bring everybody out so they can get what they want, plus we don't have to cook," says Clemmenson.
The family chose to leave their dishes at home and have the professionals cook for them. But it's not just where people are eating their turkey dinner that is changing.
"The last three years we've been coming down here, so it's been a kind of tradition," says Eddie Karmia, from Ohio. The Karmia family is here for the George Holliday Memorial Junior Golf Tournament.
Many families create lifelong friendships with fellow golfers. They spend the holidays together when they see each other, once a year, for this Junior Tournament.
"Even if they're not immediate family, everyone feels like one big, golf family," Jodi Karmia expresses.
Other people will be celebrating once they return home this weekend. Rhonda Scharnus is here with her son, supporting him in the tournament. She says they will celebrate with their entire family on Sunday when they return home to Virginia.
"Everyone has called or texted this morning to say good luck, they support him being here," says Scharnus.
For her family, part of being close to family during the holidays is supporting their dreams every day of the year.
"We talked about missing the holidays with family, and we're all behind him. We know this is an opportunity to help his golf career so we're willing and ready to be here," says Scharnus.
Meanwhile, other families prefer a little friendly competition on turkey day.
"Getting outside with your family on a nice day is a great thing," says Adam Emrick. He started a tradition years ago for local neighbors to get together and play Ultimate Frisbee together.
"It may be a little non- traditional, but should be traditional, Ultimate Frisbee is a great sport and Thanksgiving is a great time to play it," explains Emrick.
He says it is one tradition open to anybody willing to work up an appetite before the big meal.
"It really gets you in the mood for turkey, the stuffing, all that good stuff," says Emrick.
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