Two quick Thanksgiving-related anecdotes.
1) Only recently did a supermarket in my community start carrying kosher poultry. Before that, if you wanted kosher meat you had to drive 1.5 hours each direction. Yeah, there are places where that is worse, but it sucked. One of the first things that we got was kosher turkey for Thanksgiving. When it came in, community rabbis asked that even those who did not usually keep kosher purchase the turkeys, so that the store would be encouraged to carry them.
Fast forward a few weeks, and it is Christmastime. A rebbetzin is shopping at this supermarket, and the store manager comes up to her. He has good news! The store will be stocking kosher turkeys, just in time for Christmas dinner! Well, hilarious as this was, the community wanted to support this type of enthusiasm, so many a family in my community had turkey dinners during Hanukkah that year.
2) As per my request Aunt L provided two types of potatoes. Seperately, she provided whiskey sours which pretty much put me in the key of "giggly" for the entireity of dinner. Moral of the story? I pity those who marry into my family. We are nice, but have a number of strange quirks. And certain members can best be described as "a bowl full of crazy."