You are the cranberry sauce. Some love it; some don't. The cranberry sauce is always a traditional must have at the Thanksgiving dinner table but might not all get eaten. It can be homemade, or from a can, but does it really matter? The cranberry sauce doesn't make or break Thanksgiving; it's just kind of an extra.
You are the pumpkin pie! Everyone loves you. You are the traditional must-have Thanksgiving dessert. Even when people are so full they might burst, there is always more room for pumpkin pie. Other desserts just don't compare to the traditional Thanksgiving pumpkin pie.