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 more than 20 years earlier 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.

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A traditional Thanksgiving meal will cost a Texas family about $46.50 this year, 30 cents less than last year. That’s according to the Texas Farm Bureau. To measure that, the TFB totals the cost of all the meal’s staples – turkey, stuffing, sweet potatoes. This is the second year in a row these food prices have fallen. 

Every day of the year is a good time to experiment with new recipes. Except, arguably, one.

Thanksgiving is when Grandpa's grease-spattered gravy recipe is pulled from the file and your mother-in-law makes the sweet, sticky pecan pie her grandchildren expect. The sweet potatoes are boiled and peeled for their annual bath of maple syrup, nuts and, yes, marshmallows.

Some erstwhile creative home cooks and food professionals are just like everyone else at the Thanksgiving table.