November Newsletter 2020!

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Thanksgiving for a Small Group

If you're hosting a smaller gathering for Thanksgiving this year, you may not want to spend all day cooking a surplus of food. Try these three suggestions for scaling back your feast while still keeping a traditional feel to the meal.

Ditch the whole turkey. Rather than spending hours thawing and roasting a whole turkey, the perfect option for a smaller group is a turkey breast. You can also serve Cornish game hens or vegetarian main dishes instead of turkey.

Pare down side dishes. Think about which sides are your family's absolute favorites, and limit yourself to preparing only those two or three essential dishes. For example, a trio of mashed potatoes, stuffing and green bean casserole could round out a traditional Thanksgiving menu.

Limit dessert options. Instead of making an entire buffet of sweets, choose one or two desserts that are most popular with your group. If you prefer variety, order mini-sized treats from a local bakery.

 


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Fun Thanksgiving Facts
Holiday Activities for the Whole Family
How to Participate in #GivingTuesday
Oven-Roasted Turkey Breast

Fun Thanksgiving Facts

Entertain your guests on Thanksgiving with these fun facts about this North American holiday.

  • Our neighbors to the north have their own Thanksgiving holiday. Canadian Thanksgiving is celebrated on the second Monday of October, and honors the harvest and Sir Martin Frobisher's journey from England to the Canadian territory in 1578.
  • Something notable was missing from that very first Thanksgiving dinner in Massachusetts: forks! In 1621, the Pilgrims would have sliced off meat with knives and eaten their meals with spoons. Forks wouldn't become common tableware in North America for another two centuries.
  • The first Thanksgiving meal almost didn't exist. Traditionally, the Pilgrims would have celebrated their successful harvest by praying and fasting. When the Wampanoag tribe joined them, the celebratory fast instead turned into a three-day feast together.
  • Many of the foods we associate with this scrumptious holiday would not have been found around that first communal table. Historians conclude that the menu most likely included venison, maize, duck, and stewed pumpkin. Wild turkeys were common in the area, but it's not known if the bird was featured at the feast.
  • The first Macy's Thanksgiving Day Parade took place in 1924 and featured hundreds of the department store's employees marching the route and Santa Claus waving from the final float. While there were no giant balloons at the inaugural parade, animals from Central Park Zoo joined the procession.
  • Thanksgiving led to the invention of the famous TV dinner. In 1953, a Swanson salesperson suggested the company package its 260 tons of leftover turkey in aluminum trays along with potatoes and other sides.
  • According to Guinness World Records, the heaviest turkey in history weighed 86 pounds. The average Thanksgiving turkey weighs 15 pounds.
  • Football and Thanksgiving go hand in hand, but how did that tradition come to be? In 1920, the NFL created the Thanksgiving Classic games. Since 1934, the Detroit Lions have hosted a game on Thanksgiving, and the Dallas Cowboys began hosting a second game in 1966. A third game with alternating host teams was added in 2006.

 


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Holiday Activities for the Whole Family

The holidays offer many opportunities to create memories and traditions as a family. Here are four activities to try with your loved ones this year.

  • Learn about holidays around the world. Check out books from your local library explaining the history and traditions of various winter holidays. Try cooking foods traditionally served during one of those holiday celebrations.
  • Give to your community. Sort through toys and clothes together and choose items to donate to a local charitable organization. Or, consider sponsoring another family in the community by providing a holiday meal and gifts.
  • Have a fancy family dinner. Cook an elaborate meal together (or order from a local restaurant). Set the table with candles and a holiday centerpiece, then get dressed up for a memorable family dinner.
  • Make your own decorations. Create a garland of popcorn and fresh cranberries, cut snowflakes from coffee filters or white paper, design ornaments with salt dough, or teach children to make chains from different colors of paper strips. You’ll enjoy the process and the festive result.

 


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How to Participate in #GivingTuesday

Since 2012, the Tuesday after Thanksgiving has been set aside as the National Day of Giving to support the causes that are meaningful to you. Amid the challenges of 2020, this holiday season is an important time to join together to help those in need.

Consider one of these three ways to get involved on December 1.

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