Thanksgiving's champion, turkey carving, chocolate!

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Daily Newsletter for Thursday, November 24, 2016

Dear Almanac readers, 

A Happy Thanksgiving to all our American readers!  

Ever wondered how Thanksgiving went from historic feast to all-important national holiday? Read the story about Mrs. Hale, the "Godmother of Thanksgiving."

In this issue, we also look back at some famous Thanksgiving storms, give a refresher on how to carve the big bird, and share a last-minute craft for your Thanksgiving table. Finally, enjoy our new cooking video for a different kind of pie! 


Your Almanac Editors

Ah! On Thanksgiving Day, when from East and from West,
From North and from South, come the pilgrim and guest,
What moistens the lip, and what brightens the eye?
What calls back the past like the rich pumpkin pie?

–John Greenleaf Whittier, American poet (1807–92)

Thursday, November 24, 2016
See births, events in history, and more!



Who Founded Thanksgiving?

Sarah Josepha Hale: Godmother of Thanksgiving
Happy Thanksgiving! While you are being grateful for your food, friends, and family, take a little time to remember Sarah Josepha Hale, who helped make this national day of thanks possible. 
Balsam Fir Pillows

Balsam Fir Pillows are traditionally given as a sign of friendship, and it’s easy to see why! The pleasant smell of balsam fir will last for years and there are many designs to choose from that will complement your sofa. 

Thanksgiving Weather

Historic Thanksgiving Storms
Has wild weather ever disrupted your Thanksgiving? Here are 5 of the biggest Thanksgiving storms in American history!
2017 Almanac Gardening Page-a-Day Calendar

This informative page-a-day calendar is filled with Almanac wit, wisdom, adages, and observations for gardeners and backyard naturalists.

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Something Chocolate!

How to Make Warm Brownie Pie
Learn how to make Warm Brownie Pie from the EATS cookbook from The Old Farmer’s Almanac. This chocolate-y delicious treat is great for Thanksgiving or any gathering! 
Glass Sun Catchers

Lots of colors and designs to choose from!

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Carving the Big Bird

How to Carve a Turkey
Get a quick refresher on how to carve the turkey before placing it on the table. This is the easiest and most efficient way to carve the big bird for your feast.
The 2017 Weather Watcher’s Calendar | Save 50%

For those who like to keep an eye on the sky! Features dramatic photography, weather proverbs, historical weather events, trivia, and more.

Make a Glove Turkey

Seasonal Crafts: Make a Glove Turkey (Thanksgiving Table Decoration)
Make a glove turkey, a cute decoration for a Thanksgiving table centerpiece. Here’s how.
Lobster Rope Doormats

Virtually impervious to wear and water, easy to clean, and excellent at removing dirt and snow!