For James Hammond, a 32-year-old third-year law student at the University of Baltimore, eating a restaurant meal on Thanksgiving with fellow law students started for practical reasons but has become a new tradition.
With fall semester finals immediately after Thanksgiving, few students have the luxury of giving up a whole day to travel and spend time with family. During his first year, he and his friends tried a "Friendsgiving," with everyone contributing to a meal at someone's home, but it still swallowed up much of the day.
"So what we did last year, and what we'll do again is go out to eat," Hammond said.
A holiday centered on one of the year's...