Should the economy determine what is on your Thanksgiving table?
If you are having trouble putting together enough food, would you sacrifice elsewhere on the food menus during the week? Justify leftovers for several days for the cost of a giant meal?
If you don't do turkey, and you pick something more expensive, would you cut back?
We put so much emphasis on having the ultimate meal at Thanksgiving, the pressure, the "OMG we have to have this dish because we ate it 30 years ago," the travel anxiety, the calls to the Butterball hotline.
Food is the key, but there have to be simpler ways to enjoy a feast without the craziness. No wonder women who cook these dinners look at the men who fall asleep while watching the football games and wonder what this was all about.
Breathe. Enjoy the experience of sharing food with relatives and friends. Have fun with the food, but don't go overboard. Relax. No one will go hungry.
And if you have someone at your Thanksgiving table who is trying to do better, be extra nice to them. Appreciate their sacrifice to adjust their lives. Love them, don't hassle them. If anything, ask them for tips on what works for them.