Give thanks – and pass the pumpkin pie 🥧

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The roots

Before they're served piles of turkey and pie, kids often hear the story of the first Thanksgiving – how Pilgrims and Native Americans came together to feast and count their blessings. But most aren't told native people likely outnumbered English colonists 2-to-1 at the harvest feast in 1621. Nor do they usually learn just how much Pilgrims relied on the native Wampanoag tribe during those tough early days. Learn more about the real roots of Thanksgiving: Rethinking what happened 400 years ago at the first feast in Plymouth.

The feast

I don't know about you, but I've been thinking about Thanksgiving for a couple weeks now, and I'm ready to eat. Whether you're chowing down around a table with family, celebrating Friendsgiving, or doing your own thing, here's a healthy serving of tips and tricks to make it the best day ever.

The dishes Americans add to their Thanksgiving dinner
The dishes Americans add to their Thanksgiving dinner

The ties that bind us

Thanksgiving is traditionally a time to gather together and celebrate those most important to us, and all the things we're thankful for. But we're all human. Read on for conversation starters and ways to navigate the day if things get awkward.

The party after the party

Whether you're crashing on the couch in a food coma, looking for something to watch or hitting up the stores for some sweet Black Friday deals, we've got you covered.

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Uniquely searched Thanksgiving casseroles by state in 2021
Uniquely searched Thanksgiving casseroles by state in 2021

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