Traditions are funny things, not always good things. Sometimes families like to celebrate their heritage and will serve foods that are brought from the old country and have them for a certain holiday. Some foods aren't served over the years because no one can make them like Grandma used to, some aren't served because they are wretched piles of you know what.
There's nothing quite like a designated food holiday to make non-cooks squirm; You can't hide behind Santa Claus, the Easter Bunny, or even the 4th of July fireworks: Thanksgiving is all about the meal. As the resident foodie in the building, I tend to field a lot of questions each year around this time - from when to thaw a turkey and what process to use, to what inventive sides can someone make to add some zest into their celebration.
The Mall Of America gambled last year and decided to close for Thanksgiving. It made a statement to the other stores that keep opening earlier and earlier on Thanksgiving. The nation's biggest mall said it is going to do it again this year.