I met my husband seven years ago and since his family is very Italian, their custom is to have lasagna for Thanksgiving. I welcomed this change especially since he does all the cooking. As far as the tradition goes, I spent many years finding ways of making my Thanksgiving meal less stressful for myself. It was really those last few minutes of getting everything prepared and on the table that frazzled me the most. Often I would run out of gravy and Lord knows there is a whole lot of whining when that happens.
I resolved this problem by making gravy (lots of it) about a week before. Simply put a turkey thigh (the most flavorful), chopped onion, 3 stalks of sliced celery and salt and pepper to taste in a crock pot. Cover all of that with chicken broth and let it cook on low overnight. I used to cook this for my son throughout the winter months because when served with mashed potatoes, stove top stuffing and vegetables it is like a Thanksgiving leftover meal all by itself. He loved it.