Thanksgiving traditionally is a day for the family to gather together, give thanks, watch football and feast. And though few want to forgo the time-honored turkey and trimmings, some people don't consider a day in the kitchen to be a holiday.
The alternative is to cut the apron strings and get your turkey to go. Don't be surprised if a little investigating uncovers restaurants and stores that will cook the whole dinner for you.
Check grocery store delis, cafeterias and specialty gourmet shops. Overall, ordering, packaging, pick-up and price will probably be better at grocery stores and cafeterias that offer a complete dinner package. You select a menu based on how manypeople you need to feed; the package is ready to go at a designated time and you pay the package price.