For our family, tradition is the key. Our menu has not changed over the years EXCEPT for the vegetables. Our menu: roasted turkey with traditional bread dressing, mashed potatoes, sweet potatoes sliced and then par-boiled and finished off roasted with slices of oranges sprinkled with brown sugar and dotted with butter, jellied cranberries, cranberry relish, rutabega, buttercup squash, pies (apple, pumpkin, butterscotch), gallons of coffee, premium chocolate mints and salted nuts. We don't serve any appetizers before the meal because, who needs it? Wine and cocktails or beverages of choice are also available. As I said, tradition is important to our family - - dinner is a sitdown affair at the dining room table (which is old and sturdy, seats 6 with plenty of elbow room and has 6 leaves) so we are all able to sit around the table. I even get out the white linen tablecloth and napkins which need to be ironed (for me this is a real offering of love). The most important part of the day is the comraderie, love, sharing and joy of being able to be together on this day. At the start of the meal, we go around the table and everyone adds to the prayer, one thing that they are most thankful for. Oh, yes, the tv is on in another room to keep us updated on the football gave of choice.
Humerous aside - - at her third thanksgiving (she was born only 2 months before thanksgiving) my finicky niece wouldn't eat anything besides a hot dog, cheese and apple :confused: She's all grown up now and there are no "special menus". Her younger sister called me from college yesterday to ask if I'd started cooking yet cuz she really loves our Thanksgiving!