I just want to share a few things I have done for Thanksgiving in the past.
One of my all time favorite ways to prepare a turkey is Alton Brown's, brined turkey. Some people swear by brining and some thing dry brining is sufficient. Some don't know what it is and others are sold on other ways of preparing turkey such as deep frying or in a bag. I personally like the brine method best. It always gives me a moist turkey. Of course one year, we had a lot of company and I used the dry brined method. Really bad idea. It just want as moist.
A nice appetizer recipe that we have nearly every year is cranberry salsa.
A nice side- sweet potato casserole.
As far as pumpkin pies go- my two favorites are the recipe on the can of Libby's Pumpkin and this one from Food Network.
In case you want to learn more about Thanksgiving, click here to go to The History Channels collection of videos about various aspects of Thanksgiving. Its pretty interesting.