I have a couple of kids that aren't too keen on eating turkey. But, other members of the family are die hards: they have to have a stuffed turkey with all of the fixings or it just isn't Thanksgiving. As for me, I enjoy eating the meal either way, but just don't enjoy the hours and hours in the kitchen. The trade off isn't worth it to me any more. I would be just has happy going out to eat our Thanksgiving meal at a restaurant. I can enjoy family and friends and not have to be concerned about all the work in the kitchen. It is much cheaper to make it yourself, because most of the traditional foods aren't very costly. And, you get leftovers for days..whether you want them or not is still in question.
Why do we have turkey on Thanksgiving? Some say it is because they ate wild foul for the fist Thanksgiving, but is that turkey or could it also be duck or geese as well? Seems like historians disagree on this. Practically speaking, a turkey can feed a large crowd, whereas a chicken just doesn't do the job.
When did Thanksgiving become a holiday?
Did it start with the Pilgrims like we were taught in school?
This is what one sources says:
After losing half of their original people the first winter, it must have been a very joyful occasion to have a harvest and definitely worth celebrating and being thankful. If we celebrated for 3 days of Thanksgiving, like they did, our thoughts would be more centered on gratitude instead of Black Friday and what we can buy for Christmas. What has happened to us through the years?
It wasn't until later that Thanksgiving evolved into a National holiday:
President Washington - 1789 announced a celebratory of public Thanksgiving and prayer shortly after the American Revolution
President Lincoln - November 26, 1863 in gratitude for a union army victory at Gettysburg
President Roosevelt - December 26, 1941 national holiday 4th Thursday in November
In one of the articles I read, it sounds like the traditional foods that we have now are not things they had for the first Thanksgiving.