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Cost of Thanksgiving dinner up slightly

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Stuffing, pumpkin pie, and, of course, turkey are taking center stage on dining room tables across the country this week. But what staple is helping to drive up the average cost of the traditional meal? YNN's Sarah Blazonis reports.

SYRACUSE, N.Y. — We all have our own reasons for looking forward to this Thursday's dinner.

"The turkey, stuffing, mashed potatoes are, of course, the top of the list," said Christine Cashion, who picked up supplies at Green Hills Farms on Saturday.

"The traditional cranberries and pumpkin pie," said Jerry Myers, a Liverpool resident taking part in the River of Life Church's turkey giveaway Saturday.

But whatever your Thanksgiving favorite, chances are you've noticed a trend at checkout.

"Everything is on the rise," said Myers. "Food items in general are on the rise."

The American Farm Bureau Federation shows that the average price of the traditional Thanksgiving dinner for 2012 is $49.48. That's up 28 cents from the same time last year on a traditional Thanksgiving meal including turkey, rolls, vegetables, and other favorites.

You may actually notice a decrease on some items like pumpkin pie mix and stuffing, while others, like dinner rolls, have only gone up a few cents. But a spokesman for the farm bureau says when it comes to the increase in this year's meal, the main culprit is the main event.

The rise in turkey price follows last year's jump that saw overall Thanksgiving costs go up more than $5.

"Retailers had kind of held off passing some of the rising transportation and fuel costs onto their customers, and that kind of broke last year, and so some of the higher costs were kind of passed on down the line," said NY Farm Bureau Spokesman Steve Ammerman.

Many shoppers say it's an added cost they plan to deal with.

"We're just more careful to follow the ads and buy sale items," said Cashion.

And maybe pay a little more to continue a holiday tradition.

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