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Reporters flock around Pumpkin the turkey at the White House Rose Garden in this Nov. 26, 2008 photo, waiting for President George W. Bush to issue the bird an official pardon. The Thanksgiving ceremony became a U.S. tradition more than 20 years ago, when Bush’s father, President George H.W. Bush, pardoned the National Turkey Federation’s annual gift instead of gobbling it up.Free bird: Thanksgiving turkey pardons

Reporters flock around Pumpkin the turkey at the White House Rose Garden in this Nov. 26, 2008 photo, waiting for President George W. Bush to issue the bird an official pardon. The Thanksgiving ceremony became a U.S. tradition more than 20 years ago, when Bush’s father, President George H.W. Bush, pardoned the National Turkey Federation’s annual gift instead of gobbling it up.
Free bird: Thanksgiving turkey pardons

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Nov

10 Thanksgiving slow cooker recipesFree up some space in the oven and make last-minute preparation easier by turning to your slow cooker to make a few of your Thanksgiving dishes.

10 Thanksgiving slow cooker recipes
Free up some space in the oven and make last-minute preparation easier by turning to your slow cooker to make a few of your Thanksgiving dishes.

What’s causing the epic Thanksgiving stormA dip in the jet stream started the whole wintry mess, but now the weather system is feeding off of moisture from the Gulf of Mexico and the Atlantic Ocean.

What’s causing the epic Thanksgiving storm
A dip in the jet stream started the whole wintry mess, but now the weather system is feeding off of moisture from the Gulf of Mexico and the Atlantic Ocean.

5 amazingly tasty vegetarian Thanksgiving optionsVegetarians and meat eaters alike will give thanks for these festive meatless menu choices.

5 amazingly tasty vegetarian Thanksgiving options
Vegetarians and meat eaters alike will give thanks for these festive meatless menu choices.

The science of being thankfulGratitude can do wonders for the human brain, according to researchers at UC-Berkeley, as long as it doesn’t fade away when Thanksgiving ends.

The science of being thankful
Gratitude can do wonders for the human brain, according to researchers at UC-Berkeley, as long as it doesn’t fade away when Thanksgiving ends.

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Nov

How to watch Comet ISON’s Thanksgiving sun encounterWatching ISON doesn’t pose a risk to your eyes, but staring too long at the sun can be dangerous. We’d recommend watching the comet online.

How to watch Comet ISON’s Thanksgiving sun encounter
Watching ISON doesn’t pose a risk to your eyes, but staring too long at the sun can be dangerous. We’d recommend watching the comet online.

Why insects should be a part of your next Thanksgiving feastThe Audubon Butterfly Garden and Insectarium in New Orleans is offering bug-focused holiday dishes to inspire patrons to give the nutritious critters a try.

Why insects should be a part of your next Thanksgiving feast
The Audubon Butterfly Garden and Insectarium in New Orleans is offering bug-focused holiday dishes to inspire patrons to give the nutritious critters a try.

Thanksgiving turns 150While Americans commonly associate Thanksgiving with the Pilgrims in the 1600s, the holiday wasn’t officially recognized until 1863.

Thanksgiving turns 150
While Americans commonly associate Thanksgiving with the Pilgrims in the 1600s, the holiday wasn’t officially recognized until 1863.

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Nov

Before trick or treating, there was Thanksgiving ‘masking’
Believe it or not, Halloween was not the first holiday to feature creepy costumes and door-to-door soliciting. In a Progressive Era ritual called “Thanksgiving masking,” children dressed up as beggars and took to the streets to ask for treats, food and pennies. Though high society frowned on the practice, the day was one of merry mischief-making through the 1920s. These photos from the Library of Congress show “Thanksgiving maskers” circa 1910-1915.

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