Why I’m Truly Thankful

What are you thankful for? Why are you thankful? It’s such a loaded question for some and as easy as a breeze for others to answer. This question requires some serious thought because it’s easy to answer the simple generic “I’m thankful for family, friends, health and food among other things” but you should always […]

How Turkey Pardoning Became a Thing

Since 1947, the National Turkey Federation has presented the President of the United States with one live turkey and two dressed turkeys, in a ceremony known as the National Thanksgiving Turkey Presentation. John F. Kennedy was the first president reported to spare the turkey given to him (he announced he didn’t plan to eat the bird), and Ronald Reagan was the first […]

How Thanksgiving Came To Be

Thanksgiving Day is a national holiday in the United States, and Thanksgiving 2018 occurs on Thursday, November 22. In 1621, the Plymouth colonists and Wampanoag Indians shared an autumn harvest feast that is acknowledged today as one of the first Thanksgiving celebrations in the colonies. For more than two centuries, days of thanksgiving were celebrated […]

A Jammed Packed What to do This Weekend

Whether you’re looking to get out of the house to spend time with or away from your family, these events should get you through this holiday weekend. Check below to find great things happening around Houston this weekend, from Wednesday, November 22 to Sunday, November 26, 2017. Things to Do All Thanksgiving Weekend • Hello […]

The Thanksgiving Story

Most stories of Thanksgiving history start with the harvest celebration of the pilgrims and the Native Americans that took place in the autumn of 1621. Although they did have a three-day feast in celebration of a good harvest, and the local natives did participate, this “first thanksgiving” was not a holiday, simply a gathering. There is […]

1676 Thanksgiving Proclamation

This language would be frowned upon and possibly even worse today, but to forget history is to doom ourselves to repeat it. 1676 Thanksgiving Proclamation   “The Holy God having by a long and Continual Series of his Afflictive dispensations in and by the present War With the Heathen Natives of this land, written and […]

Two Thanksgivings

Gov. Leon C. Phillips said Oklahoma would stick to the customary Thanksgiving date: “It will be the last Thursday in 1939, 1940, 1941 and 1942. After that, I don’t care what they do about it.” (Phillips would no longer be governor.) As it turned out, many Oklahomans got two Thanksgiving holidays in 1939. Tulsa city […]

Roosevelt Created a ‘Franksgiving’ Monster

President Franklin D. Roosevelt’s 1939 Thanksgiving proclamation was a turkey. Roosevelt was trying to give retail merchants an extra week between Thanksgiving and Christmas, but by tinkering with the tradition, the president unleashed a storm of controversy and confusion. The day set aside to thank almighty God for the blessings we have received became an […]

Dressing or Stuffing?

When it comes to Thanksgiving, some dishes are required eating. Anything other than turkey is anathema, gravy is a must and cranberries get their one chance to shine. And don’t forget the stuffing! But that’s where things get interesting, because it seems no two families can agree on the proper way to prepare stuffing. Even […]