Is cooking an entire Thanksgiving meal becoming a thing of the past?


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HUNTSVILLE, Ala. – From waiting in lines at the grocery store, to spending countless hours in the kitchen, Thanksgiving dinner can be a daunting task. Maybe that’s why some are opting out.

“Yeah they call it ‘the millennials,’ I think. More and more every year, the one stop shop, they come in and pick it up and go,” said Larry Hill, Manager at Publix.

And whether they want just the turkey or the entire spread, Thanksgiving dinner can now be ordered, rather than cooked. “Turkey dinners come with a full turkey in different sizes, the sides, the stuffing, green bean casserole, mashed potatoes,” said Hill.

It’s been a gradual change, but not one Hill is surprised about. “I just had a customer who traditionally did her own meal, but just didn’t feel like doing it this year,” said Hill. “They really just want to have it easy, and spend the time with the family. Family time is very important and we’re all spread out across the nation.”

However, Hill says while it may be a growing trend, there is still hope for the traditional feast. “I don’t think we ever will completely, some people their comfort is in their kitchen.”