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Photo: garmoncheg (Shutterstock) You’ve been invited to a Thanksgiving gathering. Hooray! You don’t have to plan, prep, shop, chop and cook for days. While the host will be doing the lion’s share of work to make the day tasty and festive, each guest also bears a portion of responsibility for it unfolds. You don’t need to baste a bird every 30 minutes, but you do need to bring thoughtfulness to the occasion. It goes without saying you should avoid talking politics, religion, or your thoughts on the COVID vaccine. In the spirit of helpfulness and harmonious interaction, here are some less obvious things not to when invited to someone’s home on Thanksgiving (and what you can do instead). Don’t: Surprise the host with last-minute dietary requests The time to let your host know that you are a low-carb, lactose-intolerant pescatarian who only eats fair-trade, non-GMO grains every other Tuesday, is when you’re invited. Don’t spring any allergies, special requests, or dietary restrictions on your host in the days leading up to the main event (or worse, after you arrive). Unless they are your ride or die bestie, also don’t assume they remember an allergy you previously told them about. Do: Alert the host to any dietary restrictions when you accept the invitation, and offer to bring your own substitution. Don’t: Show up empty handed (or with a surprise dish) There are some things hosts generally love receiving (flowers, wine, candles, and high-end chocolate they can enjoy after everyone leaves, […]