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Nautical Thanksgiving, a made-up holiday done right

A homemade celebration shares food, stories, and company

SCITUATE ­— If the holidays ever leave you feeling cheated of their implied downtime, I highly recommend just starting your own.

Take ours, for example. It’s called Nautical Thanksgiving. Twice a year, on long weekends that bookend the summer, the gods of leisure (along with our friends’ parents) grant a large gang of us access to a sturdy little summer cottage perched on the shore. An old Navy house (complete with anchor-emblazoned official china), it has bunks and beds for a dozen, with enough floor and field space for the air mattresses and pup tents of a potential dozen or so more.

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