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A presidential Thanksgiving past: President George W. Bush prepares to serve dinner to U.S. troops in Baghdad after paying a surprise Thanksgiving Day visit to Iraq in 2003. (AP Photo/Pablo Martinez Monsivais)

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Crowds of shoppers were ready to storm stores across the country last year as Black Friday began at the stroke of midnight. Retail analysts say, however, that you don’t have to wait outside in the cold the day after Thanksgiving to find the hottest bargains. (Associated Press)

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The Dallas Cowboys have played in the Thanksgiving Day game since 1966, when they defeated the Cleveland Browns 26-14. (AP Photo/Chuck Burton)

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After President Obama officially pardons the Thanksgiving turkey next week, a job awaits the lucky gobbler as "spokesbird" for Wild Turkey, the bourbon distillery. (AP Photo/Pablo Martinez Monsivais)

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Make the centerpiece of your Thanksgiving meal easy and tasty by roasting the holiday turkey with savory vegetables and a coating of butter. (Associated Press)

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Make the centerpiece of your Thanksgiving meal easy and tasty by roasting the holiday turkey with savory vegetables and a coating of butter. (Associated Press)

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The number of Americans hitting the road for Thanksgiving is expected to increase slightly this year over 2011, according to AAA’s travel forecast released Tuesday. Many of the trips, however, will be shorter as household budgets remain tight. (Associated Press)

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The number of Americans hitting the road for Thanksgiving is expected to increase slightly this year over 2011, according to AAA’s travel forecast released Tuesday. Many of the trips, however, will be shorter as household budgets remain tight. (Associated Press)

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**FILE** Cars fill a San Diego highway on Nov. 22, 2011, two days before Thanksgiving. (Associated Press)

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Britain's Queen Elizabeth II arrives for a Service of Thanksgiving in St. Macartin's Cathedral in Enniskillen, Northern Ireland, on Tuesday, June 26, 2012, as part of the celebration of her 60 years on the throne. (AP Photo/Peter Morrison)

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** FILE ** Britain's Queen Elizabeth II arrives for a Service of Thanksgiving in St. Macartin's Cathedral in Enniskillen, Northern Ireland, on Tuesday, June 26, 2012, as part of the celebration of her 60 years on the throne. (AP Photo/Peter Morrison)

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Like Christmas, over the years, Veterans Day and Thanksgiving have become less about the true meaning and more about the day off from work and all that encompasses, writes Rusty Humphries. (Andrew Geraci/The Washington Times)

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The Redskins return to playing on Thanksgiving for the first time since 2002 when they meet Tony Romo and the Cowboys on Nov. 22. (Associated Press)

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Britain's Queen Elizabeth II and the royal family depart St. Paul's Cathedral following a service of thanksgiving to begin the final day of Diamond Jubilee celebrations on Tuesday. (Associated Press)

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Britain's Queen Elizabeth II wipes her eye during a thanksgiving service to celebrate her Diamond Jubilee at St Paul's Cathedral. (AP Photo/Suzanne Plunkett, Pool)

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Britain's Queen Elizabeth and Prince Charles attend the service of thanksgiving to celebrate the Queen's Diamond Jubilee in St Paul's Cathedral London. (AP Photo/Murray Sanders, Pool)

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Britain's Queen Elizabeth II and members of the Royal Family, depart St Paul's Cathedral following the service of thanksgiving a service of thanksgiving during Diamond Jubilee celebrations on Tuesday June 5, 2012 in London. (AP Photo/Jeff J Mitchell, Pool)

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Britain's Queen Elizabeth II departs St Paul's Cathedral, London with the Dean of St Paul's David Ison, left, following a service of thanksgiving on the last day of the Queen's Diamond Jubilee celebrations.(AP Photo/Alastair Grant)

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Britain's Queen Elizabeth II and the royal family depart St. Paul's Cathedral following a service of thanksgiving to begin the final day of Diamond Jubilee celebrations on Tuesday. (Associated Press)

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This is Michael Graham's 22nd year as the Santa at Tyson's Corner Center where, from Thanksgiving to December, he can be seen greeting children and some young adults during the holiday season, Tyson's Corner, VA, Wednesday, December 14, 2011. (Andrew Harnik / The Washington Times)