This year, President Barack Obama and his family are spending Thanksgiving at 1600 Pennsylvania Avenue, where they'll dine on turkey, stuffing, mashed potatoes -- and six kinds of pie.
Here's this year's menu, as provided by the White House press office:
Thyme Roasted Turkey
Braised Winter Greens
Macaroni and Cheese
Sweet Potato Gratin
Green Bean Casserole
Banana Cream Pie
Coconut Cream Pie
As the Associated Press notes, it's Obama's responsibility to pick up the tab for the meal -- as he does every other day of the year:
Gary Walters, who was chief White House usher for many years, said the payment rule dates back to 1800 when the White House was first occupied by President John Adams and there was no staff. Presidents brought staff with them and paid for everything.
Congress gradually began spending money to maintain an official White House staff to oversee operations and maintenance, but presidents continued to pay for personal expenses.
What it boils down to, Walters said, is that the White House is first and foremost the president's home.
"On behalf of the Obama family – Michelle, Malia, Sasha, Bo, and Sunny – I want to wish you a very happy Thanksgiving," Obama said in his Thanksgiving address to the nation. "Like many of you, we’ll spend the day with family and friends, catching up, eating some good food and watching a little football. Before we lift a fork, we lend a hand by going out into the community to serve some of our neighbors in need. And we give thanks for each other, and for all of God’s blessings."