As a kid growing up in the 50's, a holiday meant one of two things. It was going to be a roast turkey or it was going to be a glazed ham. Now what could be better than that, a choice between two wonderful things? With the exception of stuffing (we stuffed the bird back then) all the other goodies on the table would be the same: mashed potatoes, green bean casserole, candied yam, all the good stuff that helps to make each holiday a memorable affair.
The tradition back then was that whoever hosted the dinner would be the ham or turkey provider. The other relatives and friends would bring most of the side dishes. In rotation, just about every family member had their chance to make the most wonderful roast turkey or the most gorgeous glazed ham.