Growing up we always had Turkey, but when I got married, we started having Ham because my husband doesn't like Turkey, where as I like Turkey AND Ham, so I figured we may as well eat something we BOTH will eat. I prefer Turkey, but honestly, it's not a huge deal to me. They sell Turkey's all year long and you can buy a can of cranberry sauce and a box of stuffing (or make your own) and make some rolls and have a little Thanksgiving any old time. But then for me, it's never been really a big deal holiday. Yes, we should all be more thankful, all year long, but to me a holiday about food is boring.When we've gone to people's houses for Thanksgiving as adults, they have usually had a ham AND a turkey.
They sell turkeys all year round where you live?? You can get sliced turkey at the deli year-round around here, but not whole turkeys (though you can get whole chickens all year round). It always struck me as strange, plus it's always puzzled me when I see the turkey sales just before thanksgiving. They say "$0.30/lb, normally $1.99/lb" or whatever, but this creates the question "when are they normal price?" Since the stores only sell them at thanksgiving, and they're on sale at thanksgiving, they're -never- "normal" price.
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Thanksgiving 1988. I was in the Army and we were on field exercises in the Mojave Desert near Ft. Irwin, CA. Our rear detachment had a field kitchen set up, so I'm sure it would have been possible for them to fix up some kind of turkey dinner for us. But this unit had such a f...ed up chain of command, from the battalion commander all the way down to our platoon sergeant.