Is there such a thing as a "traditional" Thanksgiving anymore?

Every year, while I'm in the kitchen face first in a sink full of dishes while everyone else is in the living room, I swear that this will be the LAST YEAR that I cook Thanksgiving dinner. Next year, I vow, reservations will be made instead!

I am not alone in that sentiment. According to the National Restaurant Association, more than 14 million Americans will let someone else do the grunt work in regards to the Thanksgiving dinner. Dining out isn't exactly traditional, and it can be expensive but more and more people want to avoid the cooking and clean-up, and would prefer to spend that time with friends and family instead.

Another factor driving this trend is the fact many shoppers will be out to take advantage of Thanksgiving Day sales, as most major retailers will be open for business. For a complete list of those stores, click here.

If shopping makes you hungry, or slaving over a hot stove isn't your thing, several restaurants in our area will be open and serving all of your turkey day favorites.

Enjoy a Thanksgiving buffet at Golden Corral. An adult meal is just $12.99.

Order your favorite breakfast or a holiday meal at Bob Evans between the hours of 7am and 2pm on Thanksgiving.

Cracker Barrel will open at 11am. Turkey and all the fixin's for $9.99 for adults and $4.99 for children.

"America's diner is always open." Denny's will also feature a tasty turkey dinner; $8.99 for adults and $7.59 for seniors.

Thompson Creek Turkey Farm is well known for serving authentic turkey dinners all year long. They will be busy, so call ahead.

If you want to gather with friends and family at home, but don't want to be stuck in the kitchen check out all of the catering options that Kroger has to offer. Click here for details.

VG's also has some mouth watering Thanksgiving meals to enjoy at home, without all the work! Click here to see what they have cooking.

Do you enjoy cooking for friends and family or would you rather make reservations?