Cranberries, definitely. Love me some cranberries. Almonds are low on my list of favorite nuts. Maybe pecans instead?
Must have side dishes at Thanksgiving for me include sweet potatoes (fresh, cooked in apple juice with chopped apples, ginger and brown sugar), cranberry sauce (fresh, with mandarin oranges and pecans), dressing with lots of sage, white gravy with fresh sage, Grands biscuits. There's usually a few other things like harvest casserole (new potatoes, squash, corn, onion, green chile, jack cheese), fresh green beans (with blue cheese crumbles and vinaigrette dressing), mashed potatoes (my best friend's must-have dish). For me the "special" flavors of Thanksgiving are sage and cranberry.