Thanksgiving is almost here, and if you're anything like us at the Center for Consumer Freedom you can already taste the turkey. This year, remember to give thanks – not just for your friends and family, but also for the meal on the table in front of you. It's a point we make in our latest op-ed, published in the Macon Telegraph and several other newspapers.

Everyone has their own Thanksgiving meal traditions, but they all seem to come with someone’s finger wagging at the serving spoon. That gravy will clog your arteries. That chocolate pie is a heart attack waiting to happen.

Luckily, we all have the power to leave the Turkey Day naysayers where they belong: on the outside looking in. Be thankful we live in a country where good food is plentiful, and where everyone can eat what they choose.

New Yorkers have already done just that, according to a new poll which finds that 56 percent of them wouldn't invite Mayor Michael Bloomberg to Thanksgiving dinner.

We are all fortunate enough to be able to walk into a grocery store and select from several (sometimes dozens of) different stuffing mixes, gravies, cranberry sauces, and even packages of corn. There are brands and options and sizes galore. We are in charge of what we eat and drink. And that's something to be thankful for.

On behalf of all of us, have a happy Thanksgiving, and eat well.