Well - i'm late - but here I am - for me it's alllllll about the food- because really I'm pretty cognizant and thankful for my blessings all year round and the rest of my (nuclear) family are less sentimental than me and they couldn't give a ****....
Which is fine - because I just get up early and cook to my heart's content which means:
*cornbread stuffing seasoned with sage and thyme and containing celery and onion but the cornbread has to be made WITHOUT the sugar
*red cabbage seasoned with a dressing of butter, vinegar, BROWN Sugar (NEVER WHITE sugar0, grapefruit juice -never orange-with satsumas stirred in after it steams
*sweet potatoes topped with a mixture of coconut, chopped pecan, brown sugar (never white) and butter (never margarine)
*carrots - glazed in orange juice(never grapefruit juice), butter and brown sugar
you can add whatever green vegetable you like - I personally prefer peas- kind of starchy - thansgiving is all about carbohydrates with gravy
dessertt - for me - pecan, pumpkin, or sour cherry pie with whipped cream - although now that I live in England I'll also accept cream or custard.
Now I'm looking forward to Christmas and Christmas or sticky toffee pudding with either cream or custard.#
You americans should TRY it - if you haven't - they know what they're talkin' about!
We did it in the cafe - had to repeat it Friday - and now will have to do it again next Sunday because the Brits so loved it - I bought these things called turkey crowns which are turkey breasts with the skins but no legs, etc... so all this great succulent meat without the mess and waste.