Thanksgiving is right around the corner which means I'll get weird looks again for not eating turkey. My mom and dad call me crazy for not eating turkey for the big day. That's not an exaggeration, they really call me "crazy" because I'd rather have pizza. It makes sense though because those are the looks I get from other family members when I pass right by the turkey and grab the green bean casserole and rolls instead. Would it really be a big inconvenience to have pizza or chicken instead of turkey? I guess it's not my call though because I'm not the cook in the family. I have zero skills in that category. My mom on the other hand is a great cook and makes an excellent Thanksgiving meal every year but I'm just not a huge fan of turkey. No matter how you season the bird it looks and tastes like dehydrated hospital food. Wolfgang Puck can make a turkey dinner for me and I would still be antsy about eating it. I just prefer chicken over turkey. There's a reason why there's a Chick-Fil-A and not a Turkey-Fil-A. I just don't like turkey. Despite what some might say this doesn't mean I'm an ungrateful brat. There are countless others out there like me who would rather have a pizza, pasta, or barbeque for their big holiday meal. So what? We still celebrate Thanksgiving and I don't think the day loses its meaning because I'm not scarfing down a bird that gobbles. Not to be too cheesy but Thanksgiving is a day about giving thanks and being together with your loved ones and not a bird that is dry as toast. Just because someone doesn't like that particular bird doesn't mean they aren't grateful. Vegetarians and vegans don't lose their love for the holiday because they don't partake in the feast of a turkey. Even if you do love meat doesn't mean you love turkey. There are people who have ham, barbeque, or chicken as their annual Thanksgiving feast. It becomes a little special tradition for them to have a huge meal with babyback ribs and potato salad taking the spotlight instead of turkey and dressing. Besides, you don't want to get burned out on that bird when there is a huge chance you'll have it again in less than a month for your huge Christmas dinner. The point is that even though a turkey is most likely the number one main course for Thanksgiving being the day's mascot and all, doesn't mean everyone has to eat it. It doesn't mean we don't know the true meaning of Thanksgiving. What it means is that even though we have different tastes we all come together and celebrate a terrific holiday whatever the main course may be.