Thanksgiving is a special time of year
when families and friends get together to eat massive amounts of food.
The first Thanksgiving happened in 1621 in Plymouth, Mass. Fast-forward
to 2013: the holiday is celebrated across the USA and coincides this
year with Hanukkah.
Here's a collection of Thanksgiving treats that will make you, well, thankful:
Travel: Air travel was off to a bumpy start
on Wednesday. Nationwide, about 260 flights had been canceled and more
than 300 delayed as of 8 a.m. this morning, according to flight-tracking
Are you braving the wintry mix this year? These tips will help travelers have a stress-free holiday. Can you still snag a flight? You may want to fly on the holiday and look into business or first-class. Four big airlines have moved to waive change fees for many flights through the Northeast and Mid-Atlantic ahead of the approaching Nor'easter. Check in with our flight tracker to see if your flight will be on time.
How to save big: It is possible to keep holiday entertaining festive but frugal. And apps like PoachIt can help you find coupon codes for shopping trips. This year, a new Gallup Poll shows consumers planning to spend $704 on average this holiday season.
Food prep: If you are looking for last-minute recipe ideas,
we've got you covered. See how to make sausage and mushroom stuffing,
sweet potato casserole and all kinds of pies. And takeout is always an
option. In a survey given exclusively to USA TODAY, Boston Market found
that more than half of respondents plan to use prepared foods as part of their Thanksgiving meal.
Warning: Adorable content ahead. These kids tell us how they'd do Turkey Day.
Traditions: How does the annual Macy's Thanksgiving Day Parade come
alive? It takes energy, dedication and hard work. Staffers will
assemble 30 large floats and inflate 16 giant balloons for the 2.5-mile
For the living room set, watching football on Thanksgiving Day is about as good as it gets. The football tradition started when the Detroit Lions played the Chicago Bears in 1934.
Do you know why Abraham Lincoln is considered the father of Thanksgiving?
Lincoln issued an 1863 proclamation calling on Americans to "set apart
and observe the last Thursday of November next as a day of
thanksgiving." Decades later, Franklin Delano Roosevelt and Congress
acted to establish the holiday.
Shopping: Thursday is the new Black Friday for many retailers. Sadly, there are six fewer shopping days between
Thanksgiving and Christmas this year. Yet, the National Retail
Federation has projected that spending will be up 3.9% to $602.1
If you are wondering how to score the best deals, check online for some leaked Black Friday ads. Just don't buy these six tech gadgets. They aren't worth the purchase. Be careful when purchasing presents. Cyberscammers are concentrating their cleverness on mobile devices and social media this year.
The less fortunate: Food banks across the country are bracing for a spike in demand as millions struggle to put holiday meals on their tables. The $5 billion cut in food stamp benefits will affect about 48 million in the USA.
Videos have popped up to celebrate the hybrid holiday. And
Thanksgivukkah has also presented a host of business opportunities. Gotta snag a turkey-shaped menorah!