Ice Cream Before Thanksgiving Dinner?

ever since i can remember, every year before we eat thanksgiving meal, we have a small bowl of sorbet with a fruit cocktail mixed in. i am not sure how this started or why we do it, but my mom said her mom always did it and now so do we. i've never met anyone else who did this, and was wondering if anyone could shed some light maybe on where this came from?

i think it might have something to do with cleansing your palate before eating?

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