Even the most adventurous eaters often give their inner food warrior the day off on Thanksgiving – nothing but the same turkey, stuffing (or dressing!), cranberries, green bean casserole and pumpkin pie they've been eating since childhood. If one of those dishes goes missing, the whole meal just doesn't feel right.
Other families stray away from the standards (some friends of ours have to have collard greens, whiskey sours and banana pudding for the day to feel right, while another family dives into duck) and develop their own must-indulge traditions.
And for some, like our commenter traveldoc, it's less about what's on the table than who's gathered around it.
So would we, traveldoc. Please share your Thanksgiving in the comments below, or submit your own "It's not Thanksgiving without..." story on iReport.