Like Gwally, we still have leftover turkey for some of December, so we often have Cornish game hens for Christmas.
To address DW's original questions, according to Wikipedia:
"The use of the turkey in the USA for Thanksgiving precedes Lincoln's nationalization of the holiday in 1863. Alexander Hamilton proclaimed that no "Citizen of the United States should refrain from turkey on Thanksgiving Day", but turkey was uncommon as Thanksgiving fare until after 1800. By 1857 turkey had become part of the traditional dinner in New England."
The article goes on to suggest that anything fowl can be used, which makes me wonder how BS has survived this long.
Now there's another thing that has often perplexed me. It's not quite as bad for Canadians because our Thanksgiving is actually mid-October, so there's a bit of time to recover from 'the gift that keeps on giving'... which is to say.. turkey. But, Americans have Thanksgiving so close to Christmas, that's altogether way too much turkey in a short space of time. Or, at least, that's the way I see it because I'm not that crazy about turkey. Even when you apply all kinds of "gourmet" techniques to it.. it's still kind of ho hum.
As with any meat, the free range variety is much better, but even so, I confess to preferring "unhappy free range pig" for Christmas
As for BS, he's just oddly talented at surviving against impossible odds, he rather reminds me of the [url="http://images.quizfarm.com/1128292820Rincewind.jpg"]Wizzard Rincewind[/url], a character in Terry Pratchett's [url="http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Rincewind"]Discworld series[/url]