A family member's passing this month sent me on a wistful expedition through endless unnamed photo collections from my old hard drive. I searched for group shots and family holiday pictures in hopes of tracking down one or two nostalgic images of someone very photo-averse.

Instead, I found this — and many, many, many photos like it.

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Cooking a Thanksgiving feast for a dozen people may seem like a challenge, but imagine preparing the meal for 25,000. Well, that’s exactly what’s been going on at San Antonio’s Henry B. Gonzalez Convention Center all week as volunteers get ready for the Raul Jimenez Thanksgiving Dinner. So what does it take to feed a small army of elderly, homeless, and less fortunate?

The Macy’s Thanksgiving Day Parade has been a tradition since 1924. Preparation takes all year, and involves a team of designers, painters, sculptors, carpenters, metal workers and others to create the parade’s balloons, floats and other elements.

John Piper, vice president of the Macy’s Parade Studio, talks with Here & Now’s Meghna Chakrabarti about getting the parade off the ground.

How To Talk To Kids About Thanksgiving

Nov 25, 2015

You know the drill: Trace your hand, then add the details. Two feet, a beak, a single eyeball. Color it in, and voila! Hand becomes turkey.

You know the rest too: The Pilgrims fled England and landed on Plymouth Rock. The native people there, the Wampanoag, taught them to farm the land. In 1621, they sat down together for a thanksgiving feast, and we've been celebrating it ever since.

It's a lesson many remember from childhood, but the story has some problems.

Did Texas Host the First Thanksgiving?

Nov 24, 2015

It's common knowledge that in 1621 the first Thanksgiving was celebrated at Plymouth. 

But some say the “real” first Thanksgiving took place over 20 years before near present day El Paso, when at least 400 Spaniards, in an exploration led by Juan de Oñate, feasted with the Mansos tribe.

Like any good Thanksgiving discussion, there’s a thread of discord sown through that narrative. While everyone recognizes its importance in the history of North America, some argue that, unlike the feast at Plymouth, it’s not a harvest festival.