As child growing up in the 60's and 70's Thanksgiving was an all out feast at our home. That was the one dinner when every available table in the house was set up in such a way so every guest had an area for their plate. The Dinning room table was extended as far as it could go. Card tables were used for the kids and the surrounding furniture like the console wood stereo and china cabinet held much of the plates of food to be served.
If there was ever a tradition in our family it was everything that happened on Thanksgiving. Pies, sauces, turkey, stuffing, mashed potatoes, sweet potatoes, biscuits and the list goes on. Then it was off to the livingroom to watch a football game while the women cleaned up and made leftover take home plates for the guests.
Then finally, after all the guests had left it was time to pull out the Christmas tree and set it up. We weren't into going out and cutting down a tree. We didn't have a real tree mostly because it was such a pain to clean up after Christmas. Then from Thanksgiving until Christmas day I would slowly see presents appear under the tree. Some I put there and others of course my parents put there.
Some things have changed regarding Thanksgiving dinner now. For example, I really enjoy cooking much of the meal with my wife. Plus, I'm not into football anymore so I'm right there to help clean up afterward. Now, after setting up the tree, I get to put presents under it for my family like my parents did for me. A present or two just after setting it up and then from Thanksgiving day to Christmas presents tend to just appear, I love it.