When I was a child, I remember being inordinately impressed with Thanksgiving specials on television. Mashed potatoes and gravy, the abundance of "stuffing", the presence of marshmallows at dinner, and of course perfectly round golden turkeys were just completely fascinating concepts.
Of course, my (Korean) parents didn't know how to prepare or care to even have the taste for such foods but they tried really hard to please us American kids when it came to school break sanctioned holidays as we expected them. But, after year after year of ordering foiled wrapped Thanksgiving-dinners from supermarkets (ugh), we finally decided to just make special holiday dinners to our own tastes. In the past few years, we've had any combination of shabu shabu, galbi jjim (braised short ribs), broiled snapper, lots of sashimi, tteok guk, samgyetang (chicken/ginseng soup), and even just kimchi jjigae and samgyupsal (grilled pork belly)/grilled tripe.
I'd love to open up the forum and hear from other SE folks on their non-traditional menus for Thanksgiving! Sorry if the thread has already been done!