In order to host a holiday gathering this Thanksgiving, the third most popular way is a cooking class

If you’re planning to have a nice big family gathering this Thanksgiving weekend and your friends also want to hang out with you, the third most popular way to do so is a cooking class, with 43 percent of respondents choosing that option, according to a new survey from the American Psychological Association.

Although that means plenty of people will be cooking on Thanksgiving Day, almost one-third of those planning to host a holiday gathering still plan to host that type of gathering at home. Another 31 percent plan to use an event space — such as a restaurant or hotel — and 22 percent will have a cocktail party.

One in 10 respondents said they will be hosting Thanksgiving on a cruise ship, a choice that’s not exactly widely shared, with just 2 percent planning to do so. About 2 percent said they would plan a backyard barbeque or grill-out for other guests.

When all else fails, there are the obvious choices: parents may want to take their guests to a movie screening, while children can hang out at a mall or sports arena.

For some people, if Thanksgiving dinner is not on the menu or the day has fallen on a Sunday, the APA survey suggests a night out can feel like a great escape. Those choices aren’t far off from previous years, with about 33 percent of the 2017 participants saying they would go to the movies. The venue that’s been on top for the past few years is a sports arena, with 38 percent choosing it as their preferred destination for a holiday gathering last year.

And if tradition is any indicator, preparations for a gathering will go well into September and September is one of the busiest times of the year for restaurants and bars, so it’s easy to see why some people will start giving their guests the day off while others will host a party in September.

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