[caption id="attachment_60717" align="alignleft" width="360"] Parade Central in New York City: the setting for the annual Macy’s Thanksgiving Day Parade![/caption] According to travel service giant AAA, over 40 million people will take a weekend vacation this Thanksgiving. This year, you may want to hit up one of these towns where popular parades bring people together to celebrate all they are thankful for. According to the Travel Channel, these cities are where you’ll find the Top Five Thanksgiving Day parades. If you want to enjoy a little ticker tape before your turkey, these towns are your best bets!
If you like your turkey with a side of latkes, you’re in for a very rare treat this year: The second night of Hanukkah is also Thanksgiving. Hanukkah begins on the exact same date every year in the Hebrew calendar, but because that’s different from the 365-day Gregorian calendar commonly used in the United States, the eight-day Festival of Lights starts at different times in November or December each year. This year, the two holidays overlap – an exceedingly rare occurrence. The last time this happened was in 1888, and by one estimate, it won’t happen again for another 77,798 years! Of course, this hasn’t gone unnoticed. There’s a full-blown “Thanksgivukkah” movement afoot – and we didn’t make that up; there’s even a Thanksgivukkah Facebook page. And while Thanksgiving and Hanukkah aren’t usually connected, they have more in common than you might think. Both relate to religious freedom: The Pilgrims celebrated Thanksgiving as they sought liberty in the New World, and Hanukkah marks the ancient Jews’ fight against their Greek oppressors. So, whether you’re celebrating both holidays anyway or you just want to mark this rare occasion on November 28, we have some ideas for how to combine these two holidays into a special once-in-a-lifetime day.
When you think of Thanksgiving, what’s the first thing that comes to mind? Cheesy thoughts of an overly happy family gathered around a perfectly golden turkey and heaping mounds of mashed potatoes is probably what you imagine.But that’s not the case for everyone. Believe it or not, some people do choose to spend Thanksgiving without their friends and family.
[caption id="attachment_60488" align="alignleft" width="360"] Click the image to view the full infographic![/caption]Don’t send your Thanksgiving down the drain! Plumbers report that the day after Thanksgiving is their busiest day of the year for housecalls. Don’t let plumbing woes distract you from your Black Friday shopping this year. Check out these do’s – and mostly don’ts -- for how to treat your apartment plumbing with care after Thanksgiving dinner is cleared away. Stay on friendly terms with your apartment community maintenance team by following these directions!
[caption id="attachment_60526" align="alignleft" width="360"] No matter how you choose to arrange your Thanksgiving feast, always make sure there's a utensil in every dish.[/caption] When it comes to Thanksgiving, the food takes center stage. Each November, there’s nothing we love more than seeing a perfectly roasted turkey surrounded by stuffing, cranberry sauce, casseroles and more pecan pie than you can shake a Pilgrim at. It’s a feast for our eyes before it even get to our stomachs. Depending on the size of your kitchen and your family, it can be daunting to arrange all that food. Do you go for the formal setting and set everything on the dining room table, resigning yourself to a neverending chorus of “Pass the yams, please”? Or do you throw formality to the wind and set up everything in the kitchen, buffet-style, and let everyone get their own gosh-darn yams? Either way is OK by us. No matter your Thanksgiving style, here are some pointers to arrange the food so everyone gets to gobble to their heart’s content.
Whether you’re a first time host or a veteran one thing is for sure: preparing for Thanksgiving dinner is a full-time job. The best way to save yourself from going completely insane is to start early.
With Thanksgiving just about a week away, there’s still plenty of ways you can plan now to have a glorious holiday.
[caption id="attachment_76726" align="aligncenter" width="607"] These vegetarian dishes will make you forget all about turkey this Thanksgiving.[/caption] This Thanksgiving, if you’re a vegetarian, give thanks for the fact that you can have such a healthy and delicious meal that you won’t even think twice about the fact that it’s sans turkey. Here’s how. Roasted Delicata Squash Salad (adapted from Chow.com) With all the meat, cream-based casseroles and starchy vegetables abounding, salads can get lost in the Thanksgiving shuffle. So start your meal off with this light and healthy squash salad that’s as delicious as it is beautiful.