My childhood Thanksgiving and Christmas dinners always had the carefully de-canned log of cranberry sauce, but ours was cut into equal slices, so that there would be less fighting about who got the most cranberry sauce. The canned cranberry sauce was eaten by my siblings. My mother made her famous cranberry-orange sauce for the adults.
We never had the fabled green bean casserole. I tried making it once as an adult and was underwhelmed. Most of the vegetables for Thanksgiving came from our vegetable garden, carefully frozen or stored to make it to the Thanksgiving table--green beans, beets, carrots. We also always had corn, because the Pilgrims survived on the corn that the Native Americans taught them to plant. And sweet potatoes with marshmallow, but only the grown-ups liked that.
The other feature of the holiday table was the relish tray--olives and little pickles and celery with cream cheese. We still have the relish tray (and it's still the original tray), but we just put a variety of nibblely little things on it.