Lonely Planet Writer

Thanksgiving: more than talking turkey


It's that time. All over the US, tables groan with turkey and pecan pies, talk turns to Pilgrim hats and everyone rubs their hands in anticipation of the latest balloon float faux-pas.

In New York's famous Macy's Thanksgiving Day Parade, monster-sized helium balloons of cartoon characters float eerily down New York streets. (Some of the balloons in the 1927 parade actually exploded – oh to see that! Let's face it, everyone loves it when a balloon gets snagged on a lampost.)

On the special Thanksgiving episode of The 76-Second Travel Show, our US travel ed Robert Reid raises the big question of the season: would pilgrims really have worn those buckled hats at the table? And where did the first Thanksgiving actually take place - Plymouth or Florida?

Thorn Tree forum member nutraxfornerves takes us through her vision of Thanksgiving, and our community weighs in on the perfect Thanksgiving recipes – mini marshmallows on your sweet potatoes? Now there's a topic to start a fire.

And while we're at it – Canada. Why is their Thanksgiving a month before the US one? Some say it's because Canada is further north and therefore the harvest is earlier. Or maybe they just want to pick the best turkeys.

Happy Thanksgiving!

P.S Looking for the kind of turkey that doesn't send you to sleep after lunch? Try this one.