I’m not much of a holiday guy. I find Thanksgiving and Christmas stressful. There are aspects of it I like, such as photographing lights, seeing family, and having some time off.
Traditionally, Thanksgiving is a feast holiday, featuring the traditional Thanksgiving dinner. I have no problem with a nice meal, but it seldom works out that way. It tends shake out to be four hours of cooking, 15 minutes of eating, then four hours of cleaning up. Also, because there are so many different foods, you really only get a small bite of each one.
The reason there are so many foods is that despite efforts year after year to “keep it simple,” everyone has one or two items they want to have with dinner, “or it’s not Thanksgiving.” Someone has to have asparagus, someone has to have broccoli casserole, someone has to have jelly cranberries, someone has to have fresh cranberries, someone has to have walnut salad, someone has to have turkey breast, someone has to have sweet potatoes, someone has to have pecan pie, someone has to have potato salad… you get the idea. It’s “just not Thanksgiving” unless you repeat some memory from 40 years ago. The result is 20 items on the bar served buffet style, which you can’t really prepare and serve all at once, so most of them are cold by eating time.
I’ve said it before and I’ll say it again, if it were up to me, Thanksgiving would be a day of fasting and meditation.