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“Many Thanksgivings have offered opportunities to celebrate community during times of hardship Those expressions of unity still echo today, whether in the contributions that generations of Native Americans have made to our country, the Union our forebears fought so hard to preserve, or the providence that draws our families together this season.

“As we reflect on our proud heritage, let us also give thanks to those who honor it by giving back. This Thanksgiving, thousands of our men and women in uniform will sit down for a meal far from their loved ones and the comforts of home. We honor their service and sacrifice. We also show our appreciation to Americans who are serving in their communities, ensuring their neighbors have a hot meal and a place to stay. Their actions reflect our age-old belief that we are our brothers’ and sisters’ keepers, and they affirm once more that we are a people who draw our deepest strength not from might or wealth, but from our bonds to each other.”

- (From President Obama’s proclamation recognizing Thanksgiving Day, 2012.)

WHO’S SHOPPING?

For all the media fuss about intrusive bargain shopping on Thanksgiving Day and night, most Americans have not given in to the notion. Less than one-quarter — 23 percent — will abandon the family dinner table for the cash register, says a new Deloitte shoppers survey.

Of that group, 45 percent are night owls, heading to the retail realm from midnight to 5 a.m. Ninety percent go for the sales, they say, but 27 percent also say they seek “excitement,” and a quarter simply enjoy the experience.

POLL DU JOUR

• 88 percent of Americans prefer roast turkey on Thanksgiving, 9 percent smoked or deep fried turkey.

• 74 percent of men say they help in the kitchen on Thanksgiving, 46 percent of women agree with that.

• 68 percent overall say “being with family” is the “best part” of Thanksgiving; 53 percent of respondents to the multichoice question also cited food; 11 percent “cocktails and booze.”

• 56 percent say their stuffing recipe has been handed down over generations, 51 percent say the same of their pie recipes.

• 46 percent say none of their family members annoys them; 15 percent say their in-laws get on their nerves, 11 percent cited siblings.

• 44 percent say pumpkin is their favorite pie, 21 percent cited apple, 13 percent pecan pie, 12 percent sweet potato pie.

Source: A Destination America/Nielsen poll of 700 U.S. adults surveyed Oct. 25 to 27 and released Wednesday.

Have a happy Thanksgiving Day, and thank you for reading Inside the Beltway.