Photo by Michael Buckelew

Photo by Michael Buckelew

Paul Stahnke, general manager for Sonny's Real Pit BAR-B-Q in Conyers, slices into one of more than 100 turkeys the restaurant has precooked for customers for Thanksgiving pickup or delivery.

Whether it's turkey, ham, duck or some other entree planned for the dining table Thursday, Americans have celebrated the fall harvest and given thanks for blessings since the early settlers of Plymouth Colony held a three-day feast in 1621. According to the U.S. Census, Americans consume 13.8 pounds of turkey each year, with a hearty helping devoured at Thanksgiving time.