In fact, if you want to know a little history about most of the standard American traditional fare served the last Thursday of November, I can probably help you out. Or already did.
How about The Mother of Thanksgiving, Sara Josepha Hale, who helped start the formal holiday? Check. (p.s. those are links to my previous posts, should you want to learn about the history of said items and the somber lady who petitioned Lincoln for an official Thanksgiving holiday)
Gravy? You betcha! (Hint: every culture has it, but they call it something else.)
How about pumpkin pie? well, I did write all about pumpkins although it was more Halloween-y…
Stuffing? Oh heck yes!
I will admit, I haven’t written anything about green beans, corn casserole, or any of those regional/ethnic variations, like macaroni and cheese, lasagna, tamales, or whatever your family does. Maybe next year.
Most importantly, I’ve already created the flowchart. This year, as I went to reprint a new copy–ours is now covered with handwritten reminders and gravy stains–I found to my devastation that I only have a picture, and not the original document. I am in the midst of recreating it, but here is the old version. And the original explanatory post.
I have apparently reached a milestone of sorts. When it comes to Thanksgiving, I may have already written it.
Perhaps for Xmas I will need to research the historical derivation of deviled eggs.