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Turkey or Ham?

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Ah, Thanksgiving. Most of us know it as 'turkey day.' But it turns out turkey isn't the only meat on many-a-Thanksgiving table. "My son-in-law cooks a ham, a large ham," said Wilmington resident Ruthie Sublett. "So you got a ham and turkey." "With Thanksgiving there's usually a little bit of ham involved," said New Hanover County resident Anthony Cribb as he perused the grocery store for Thanksgiving supplies. Ham? According to certain culinary websites, it's the holiday's second most popular main course. Some web postings even feel the need to defend the choice. "It's probably a blessing to have both and to be able to choose from both," Cribb said. One need look no further than the display at the Lowes Food Market on South College Road in Wilmington to determine the more popular choice. Ham takes up a large portion of the store's Thanksgiving display and comes in all shapes and sizes. But the store's largest ham is only 10 pounds. The largest turkey is 24. "[Ham] is not as popular as turkey. Turkey obviously is what most people want," said the store's co-Manager Jay Beyer. "But certain kinds...[of ham]...are always very popular." Some, like Lowes shopper Linda Donovan, prefer ham. "If I had to choose, I probably would choose ham," Donovan said. Some are neutral. "I like them both equally as well," Ruthie Subblett said. And of course, there are those who stick with tradition. “Turkey,” said Jay Beyer. “No doubt.” “I eat more turkey,” Anthony Cribb said. “Yup. yup. Love it.”

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