Trump Grants Pardons to Turkeys Peas and Carrots

VOA In an annual Thanksgiving tradition, President Donald Trump has used the power of his office to keep a pair of turkeys off the holiday table. Trump's poultry pardon means the two turkeys - a 39-pound bird named Peas and a 41-pounder
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Turkey Named ‘Drumstick’ Is Given Presidential Pardon

President Donald Trump, just prior to beginning his Thanksgiving vacation on Tuesday, carried out a final pre-holiday executive action — pardoning a turkey. "Drumstick, you are hereby pardoned," the president declared in the White House Rose Garden, with his wife, Melania, and their 11-year-old son, Barron, alongside. The turkey, with a (more...)

Obama Issues His Last Thanksgiving Turkey Pardon

VOA President Barack Obama got the holiday mood started at the White House on Wednesday with the traditional pardoning of the national Thanksgiving turkey, this time with his nephews standing in for daughters Malia and Sasha. The lighthearted ceremony in the Rose Garden also featured Iowa-raised turkeys Tater and Tot, with the (more...)

Thanksgiving: A Cornucopia of Culinary Traditions

In the autumn of 1621, almost one year after the English Pilgrims landed at Plymouth Rock in what is now Massachusetts, they gathered with the Wampanoag Indians for a feast celebrating the colonists’ first successful harvest. A blend of Native American and English Puritan customs, the three-day celebration combined eating (more...)

Americans Give Thanks with Feasting, Holiday Shopping

Earlier in the day, President Barack Obama reminded Americans that Thanksgiving is about more than shopping. The holiday, he said, is a day for food, football and hoping "the turkey didn't turn out too dry.'' VOA News This year's holiday shopping season in the U.S. got off to a brisk start as (more...)

Terror Alert Issued as US Readies for Holiday Travel

VOA Smita Nordwall As millions of Americans are getting ready to head out of town for the holidays, the State Department put out a worldwide travel alert. "Current information suggests that ISIL [Islamic State], al-Qaida, Boko Haram, and other terrorist groups continue to plan terrorist attacks in multiple regions," the department said (more...)

The HIAS Pennsylvania Family Celebrates Thanksgiving November 22

It’s that time of year again – on Sunday, November 22, the HIAS Pennsylvania family will gather together to celebrate Thanksgiving with a meal of turkey, sweet potatoes, Burmese curries, Eritrean stews and so much more. Back for the 7th year, Refugee Thanksgiving will take place from 2pm to 5pm (more...)

Making Holidays Bright – And Affordable

By Nathaniel Sillin Already dreading what you'll spend this holiday season? It doesn't have to be that way. Gifts aren't the only budget-busting culprit during the holidays. The weeks between Thanksgiving and New Year's are also a peak time for spending on groceries, travel, events, entertainment, energy, clothes and meals out. Financial advisors (more...)

“Cheese” and “Mac” Got The Pardon

According to CNN News, " President Barack Obama pardoned the national Thanksgiving turkey with a smile on Wednesday, but he admitted before saving the bird from it's likely demise that he found the decades-old tradition somewhat "puzzling.""It is a little puzzling that I do this every year, (more...)

Thanksgiving: A Favorite U.S. Holiday

Thanksgiving in the United States is a time to gather with family and friends, share a traditional meal and express gratitude for the good things in life. It can also be a time of service to others in the community. Celebrated on the fourth Thursday in November, the (more...)

Sickweather Thanksgiving Travel Report 2014

Sickweather is prepared to help Thanksgiving Travelers remain germ free as they travel on the busiest travel day of the year. The attached infographic provides a regional summary of the top illnesses forecast for the US this week along with the some of the busiest travel hubs (more...)

This Moms says “Back It Up Santa!”

By Eileen Wacker I’ve just finished back to school and all the associated challenges and events for my four kids, aged 11 through 16. I’ve attended back to school nights, sports orientations and signed all the “I promise to be a reasonable sports parent” forms. Homework, instruments, and games (more...)

An Interfaith Thanksgiving

By Susan Milligan Contributor The first Thanksgiving is notable for its cross-cultural friendship: Native Americans shared a harvest feast in Plymouth, Massachusetts, with the English settlers, called Pilgrims. Since then, the holiday has evolved into a family affair, with the focus on traditional foods (turkey and trimmings, followed (more...)

Thanksgiving: Time for Pie

With all the savory food adorning the American Thanksgiving table, it can be difficult for some to save room for dessert, but for many it is the highlight of the meal — and it is usually pie. Pie has a storied history and is thought to have originated (more...)

Thanksgiving: Giving Thanks for America’s Bounty

Thanksgiving in the United States began as a way to give thanks for the year’s harvest, and the contents of the dinner table continue to occupy center stage. Food preparation often begins at dawn, and many families sit down to the main meal at midday or (more...)

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