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The Pioneer Woman star Ree Drummond has the weirdest annual Thanksgiving tradition

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The Pioneer Woman Star Ree Drummond has said that Thanksgiving is her favorite holiday for cooking. She enjoys the tradition of preparing a meal her entire family loves on her Oklahoma ranch. Cooking favorite dishes like turkey, dressing and all the side dishes her clan loves takes Ree almost a week. However, as Ree wraps up her Thanksgiving dinner prep, she sticks to a tradition to keep them entertained. Can you guess what it is?

Thanksgiving is a major holiday at Drummond Ranch. It’s one of only two days of the year that Ree’s husband Ladd and brother-in-law Tim have the year off. Christmas is the other.

Ladd admits that Thanksgiving every year upsets him as it’s a day when he doesn’t have to do any other work than feeding the ranch animals. “It’s a little weird,” he told Parade Magazine. “Taking care of animals is something I do and think about every day. It’s not an office job.”

Filled with food and family traditions, the annual event takes place just after one of the busiest times on the ranch, the fall shipments, when the family sells their adult steers. There is time to relax while the family prepares for the winter months and the work cycle begins again.

“Thanksgiving is really one of those few days of the year that there’s no work,” Ree told Parade Magazine. “I mean zero work. Except for the food, of course.”

In a YouTube video, Ree says she always makes mashed potatoes that are made a day in advance. Green beans and tomatoes are also on the menu, as are dressing, offal sauce, cranberry sauce and homemade buns.

While other families watch parades or listen to music while they prepare food, Ree takes a different approach to Thanksgiving morning entertainment. She watches the 1972 movie every year The Godfather.

“One of my traditions is observation The Godfather while I cook,” Ree said. “The Godfather is always on. I like wearing that in the kitchen.”

The Godfather tells the story of the Corleone family under patriarch Vito Corleone (Marlon Brando) and covers the decade from 1945 to 1955. The focus is on the transformation of Vito’s youngest son, Michael Corleone (Al Pacino), into a ruthless mafia boss.

Ree will take turns at times The Godfather With Blown by the wind. “They’re on TV every Thanksgiving and they get me through,” she admits.

However, Ree says that despite her odd film choices, she takes the overall concept of Thanksgiving seriously. “Although I am busy preparing the food, I remember that we are blessed. We have freedom and health and I’m trying to focus on the game that day and not on the food,” she explained in the video.

In a post for her Pioneer Woman website, Ree discussed why the classic film is always on rotation at the Drummond home. “I’m telling you, I love this blessed film more every time I see it,” she admitted.

“I am looking The Godfather on AMC as part of their annual Thanksgiving godfather Marathon, and I’m holding on to every word and gasping at every scene. I’m drawing for the Corleones. It doesn’t matter that they’re an organized crime family. We’ll cover that in another post,” she jokes.

The Pioneer Woman airs new episodes Saturdays from 10 a.m. EST on The Food Network.

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