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

Merry Podcast #43 — The Great Thanksgiving Show 2014

Merry Podcast #43 — The Great Thanksgiving Show 2014

The Thanksgiving special edition of the Merry Podcast features the music of Thanksgiving and Christmas. New music in this episode from Carly Jamison **who rocks** a couple of new Christmas tunes this year showcases in a small way how the music of the holiday season has shaped our celebrations. While much of it is good some of it is controversial and in this episode we talk about songs and recordings that have stirred the waters of controversy over time, including the works of Elvis Presley and Stan Freberg. By request we take a closer look at the traditional Christian hymnRead 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