Thanksgiving Debate of Stuffing or Dressing

Thanksgiving Debate of Stuffing or Dressing

While the world embroils itself in constant debates and controversies each holiday season and calls it the War on Christmas the skirmishes over Thanksgiving get a pass. That is mostly because the debates of Thanksgiving rage about food. There is no greater debate at Thanksgiving than the one of stuffing versus dressing. Which do you have? And how can you tell the difference? The debate could well date back to Civil War times — yes, a North versus South thing. Only Yankees “stuff” their bird. They will combine bread with celery and onions and cook it inside the bird. TheRead more

Thanksgiving is America’s Acknowledgement of God

Thanksgiving is America’s Acknowledgement of God

Thanksgiving is America’s only holiday invention and it may, in fact, be its most sacred. While the Christmas season is marked by repeated debates of “church vs. state” Thanksgiving is the only day of the year when American leadership calls for citizens to pray and actually acknowledges God. Anyone who grew up watching Charlie Brown and the Peanuts or attending public schools in the United States know of Thanksgiving’s early origins on the American continent. Fasting, prayer and days of feasting and thanksgiving were among the first seasonal observances celebrated by the pilgrims and puritans of ancient American history. TheirRead more

Thanksgiving Project Promises to Preserve History

Thanksgiving Project Promises to Preserve History

How would you like to hold a great event as part of your Thanksgiving celebration that also preserves your own family history? That is the hope of a project called The Great Thanksgiving Listen by StoryCorps. StoryCorps is a non-profit dedicated to preserving family stories and over the past 12 years they have recorded more than 100,000 such stories and archived them in the Library of Congress. They have developed a free smart phone app and are now working with high schools to spread the word about the event, which encourages students to interview their grandparents or other elders. TheRead more

Retailers Starting to Avoid Thanksgiving Openings

Retailers Starting to Avoid Thanksgiving Openings

In recent years the waters of Black Friday were significantly muddied by retailers pushing store openings to Thanksgiving Day. The move resulted in both a public and employee backlash who prefer Thanksgiving as a time for family and personal time off. Social media campaigns were launched to boycott Thanksgiving sales and holiday traditionalists were quick to criticize the money-grab. But retailers insisted they had to do something to combat online retailer who were capturing sales during Thanksgiving hours. Now it appears offline retailers are starting to cave. More than a week ago troubled retailer Staples announced it would not openRead more

Pumpkin Shortage Looms for Thanksgiving

Pumpkin Shortage Looms for Thanksgiving

2015 has not been a great year for the traditional foods of Thanksgiving. A bird flu virus threatened to wipe out the 2015 turkey flocks earlier in the year and now it appears canned pumpkin may be in short supply for Thanksgiving. According to crop experts in Illinois, the country’s top pumpkin-producing state, forecasts show supplies of canned pumpkin falling short compared to past years and consumers may find grocer shelves empty of the product by the middle of November. “I would not wait until Nov. 20,” University of Illinois professor Mohammad Babadoost said, referencing the Nov. 26 holiday. “I’dRead more

Will Turkey Take This Thanksgiving Off?

Will Turkey Take This Thanksgiving Off?

No doubt you have seen the signs in the grocery stores. Eggs are as much as five dollars a dozen in some spots and turkey lunch meats are in short supply at the deli counter. As we reported last spring the poultry industry has been combating a devastating bird flu epidemic that has so far cost that industry nearly $1 billion in production. While forecasts for holiday turkey remain optimistic there are some nervous farmers out there hoping the flu does not return. While turkey right now is at premium prices beyond five dollars a pound in some markets analystsRead more

Vote on the Best Gobblers of 2014

Vote on the Best Gobblers of 2014

It’s time for a little Thanksgiving tradition: voting on the annual gobble contest! Three brave souls and a mystery participant called the number and DARED to win the prize. Hear their gobbles and vote on the winner! The annual gobble contest is our way of celebrating a little Thanksgiving fun together. From around the world folks call in and give their best gobble and then face the judges — the thousands who will be all over the Merry Forums this busy holiday weekend. The top vote getter will win a prize of a $25 Amazon gift certificate! Vote early, voteRead more

Thanksgiving Activities for Kids

Thanksgiving Activities for Kids

Thanksgiving is one particularly happy and joyful event because it is the time for reunions with families and friends. Grown-ups catch up on each other’s lives while kids get together and play a game or two. However, while adults can spend long hours just talking to one another, children will often find it hard to just sit in one place. They can easily get bored and will itch for something to do. Unless you provide them with productive activities, they might just expend their energy on boisterous and possibly destructive plays. To keep the hyperactivity of children at bay, andRead more

Lower Your Thanksgiving Dinner Stress

Lower Your Thanksgiving Dinner Stress

Thanksgiving is not only a time worth celebrating with the family and friends, it is also a festivity where food, as well as stress, are literally overwhelming. And all the hassles begin with the preparation of the Thanksgiving dinner. In actuality, preparing Thanksgiving dinner can be quite daunting, but there are many ways to reduce the level of stress during this stage of the celebration, to enable you to come up with a special dinner for you and your loved ones. Below is a simple and easy guide for a relatively stress-free and festive Thanksgiving celebration. First, make a listRead more