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'is that irrelant"  Yes,  for  Thanksgiving Planner

version of this Thanksgiving checklist to help with your holiday preparations.

Early November

Plan your menu. Choose from these delicious menu ideas:
Invite your guests. Keep track of who is bringing what on your menu.
Make shopping list of perishables and nonperishables. Don't forget to include film, batteries and beverages.
If you are ordering a fresh turkey, do it now.
Make a Thanksgiving to-do list, listing all the little things you feel must get done prior to Thanksgiving. Be sure to schedule time for each chore and indicate who will take care of that chore.
Order your floral centerpieces now.
Plan your menu. Choose from these delicious menu ideas:
Thanksgiving Menus

Two Weeks Ahead
Check all serving dishes, flatware and glassware.
Shop for any paper goods you need for the event.
Make sure you have enough tables and chairs for your guests.
Take an inventory of your tablecloths and napkins.
If any of your items need to be cleaned, do it now.
Clean your refrigerator to make room for your Thanksgiving items.
Shop for nonperishable groceries on your shopping list.
Plan and make decorations.
Tabletop Decorating Ideas

One Week Ahead
Plan seating arrangements.
Review your recipes.
Prepare cooking schedule.
Check thawing time for frozen turkey.
Find recipes online

Four Days Ahead
Start defrosting the frozen turkey in your refrigerator.
Save money on ice—start making your own ice cubes now. When frozen, dump them in a freezer bag.

Two Days Ahead
Chill beverages.
Shop for perishable items.
Set out bread for homemade stuffing.
Make cranberry sauce.
Fill salt and pepper shakers and butter dishes.
Be sure your home is clean.
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One Day Ahead
Peel potatoes and place in a pot of cold water. Keep in refrigerator.
Clean vegetables and refrigerate.
Make all dishes that can be prepared ahead. Don't forget the pies.
Check your bathrooms. Be sure to have extra toilet paper and hand towels available.
Prepare stuffing.
Do spot cleaning of the rooms that will be used.
Buy flowers for the table.
Let your family set the table in the evening.
Make the side dishes that can be baked ahead of time.
Put up decorations: Make a bay leaf wreath

Thanksgiving Day
Remove turkey from the refrigerator for one to two hours. Add stuffing.
Preheat oven.
Put turkey in oven and baste every half hour.
Prepare coffee and brew 20 minutes before serving.
Keep the turkey covered and let it rest for about 20 minutes before slicing.
Microwave food to quickly reheat if all the burners of the stove are occupied.
Make gravy and last-minute vegetables.
Set out refrigerated dishes.
Heat bread or rolls as needed.
Remove stuffing from turkey.
Carve turkey: Carve a roasted turkey

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Have you smell the atomphere of the coming celevrated festival

are you eager to finish the tast and come back home for family reunion.

  will you have plans for it to take days off no matter how hard the boss persuade you keep working

are you afraid of losing jobs for some reasons you disagree with boss

or can you afford to lose your job in exchange of geting back home

can you find job easily and gather your friends easily for a dinner.

what if no one want to come to your dinner

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Post time 2004-11-26 14:37:01 |Display all floors

This America oLD thxgday for travelling" sounds like the China Young Nationiona

will they spend the days on holiday for travelling and shopping

is that exclusive for american to enjoy it?

Ah, Thanksgiving. That time of year when citizens of the United States partake in traditions that are even older than our country: watching televised football and parades, and devouring 100,000 calories apiece. Yep, we've been doing this every year since the tradition started, in 1492, with Columbus.

We have the Pilgrims to thank for this great holiday. After declaring a four-day weekend for everyone, they are well known to have slept in late on Thanksgiving morning, skipped their routine shower, and gorged themselves on cheese puffs and beer. The male Pilgrims--especially those who had placed bets on the teams--looked forward to watching football, while the females rubbed their hands together in gleeful anticipation of the holiday shopping season.

What was especially nice about the holiday was that the Pilgrims always invited their Native American landlords over for dessert. And the Native Americans always looked so festive with their giant feathered headdresses bearing cornucopias full of apples and mini pumpkins.

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Turkey & Pilgim& American. Do you know what is Thxgday?

For starters, we don't even know for certain if the Pilgrims served turkey, although it's a strong possibility. I know, I know. Without turkey, is it Thanksgiving? In truth, I would say yes. I have a vegetarian friend who every year roasts a "tofurkey." She insists it tastes every bit as good as it sounds. Gulp.

That said, there are some things we do know about Thanksgiving. So without further fibbing (I promise!), here's the truth about three widely held Thanksgiving myths.

Attention fall on this:

Myth #1: The happy Pilgrims were celebrating a great harvest
Actually, the harvest of 1621, when the legend of our Thanksgiving began, wasn't great at all. The barley, wheat, and peas the Pilgrims brought with them from England had failed. Fortunately, the corn did well enough that they were able to double their weekly food rations. The Pilgrims were happy to be alive: The previous winter had wiped out 47 people--almost half their community.

It wasn't a coincidence that the corn did well. A man named Squanto, who was a member of the Wampanoag tribe, coached the Pilgrims on how to plant and fertilize it.

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Quoted: Myth@#2

What's more:  
The guests brought most of the food. When the Pilgrims invited their Native American guests, they weren't prepared to feed everyone who came. A Wampanoag chief, Massasoit, sent his men home for supplies.  
The party lasted three days. They played games, shot guns, shot bows and arrows, and played something called "stool ball." (It's not what it sounds like! The game was like croquet--not something they played because they didn't have a pigskin handy.)
Despite what you see in some paintings, the Native American guests didn't wear giant feathered headdresses. Those were worn by Plains Indians.

Attnetion started"Myth #2: From then on, we've celebrated Thanksgiving every year
The truth is, the Pilgrims weren't partiers, and they didn't always feel compelled to express their thanks. In fact, the Pilgrims didn't have another "thanksgiving" celebration until two years later, when they held a feast to celebrate the end of a drought.

According to Celebrations: The Complete Book of American Holidays, by Robert J. Meyers, many colonial communities probably celebrated successful harvests locally and gave thanks at special times as the need arose. In 1644, for example, the New Amsterdam Dutch held "Thank Days" in gratitude for the safe return of their soldiers, who had been fighting with Native Americans in Connecticut.

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Myth@#3 ---come to an end

George Washington declared a Thanksgiving in 1789 after the United States first established a government, but Thanksgiving didn't go national until the mid-19th century. This was largely the work of magazine editor Sarah Josepha Hale, who conducted a letter-writing campaign calling for Thanksgiving to be declared a national holiday. President Lincoln responded, issuing a Thanksgiving proclamation that set aside the last Thursday in November of 1863 for gratitude.

In 1939 President Franklin D. Roosevelt touched off a two-year squabble when he moved the holiday to the third Thursday to give store owners a leg up on holiday shopping. Detractors dubbed the relocated holiday "Franksgiving," and in 1941 Congress finally made the fourth Thursday in November the official day. So, in truth, it took 320 years to make Thanksgiving stick.

Myth #3: The United States invented Thanksgiving
No country does gluttony quite like the United States. The Calorie Control Council, an industry group, says that Americans consume as much as 4,500 calories on Thanksgiving, as much as twice what the FDA recommends for an entire day. That said, humans have been holding harvest festivals for ages. We may wish we invented Thanksgiving, but we didn't.

In ancient times, Middle Eastern peoples offered wheat to "The Great Mother" or "Mother of the Wheat." In medieval times, central Europeans celebrated their harvests at Feast of Saint Martin on November 11th. And we can all be thankful our celebrations aren't like those of the Aztecs, who each year would behead a young girl representing Xilonen, the corn goddess.

Colorful traditions aside, human beings have found reasons to be thankful--and reasons to celebrate--for as long as we can trace our history. What people have felt thankful for has certainly changed over the years. The Pilgrims were happy to be alive. The Founding Fathers were happy to have established a government. And Lincoln's Thanksgiving proclamation expressed thanks that the Civil War had not destroyed the country.

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Post time 2004-11-28 00:00:19 |Display all floors

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