When I think of Thanksgiving Day, I think of family gathered around a table that groans from the weight of turkey and dressing, green beans and candied yams, mac and cheese or whipped potatoes, and lots of other goodies. I look forward to seeing folks I haven’t seen in awhile, savoring the food and fellowship, bringing in the late evening over coffee and pie. Nobody is rushing out to go shopping—most people save that for the Friday after Thanksgiving, often called: Black Friday, because many stores find themselves in the black after the profligate shopping that day.
From left, Congresswoman Laura Richardson (37th District); Frank Robinson, executive vice president of baseball development, Major League Baseball; Bishop Richard D. Sanders, COO of the Mozel Sanders Foundation’s annual West Coast Thanksgiving Dinner; Carson Councilmember Mike Gipson; Stacey Johnigarn, executive director, Mozel Sanders Foundation, and Bishop William Irvin, celebrate after helping to feed over 5,000 homeless people and families at Compton Community College on Thanksgiving Day.
Turkey and stuffing are Thanksgiving Day must-haves, but not everyone makes them the same way. When it comes to stuffing, where you live might make a difference in how you make it.
According to a new survey by Mrs. Cubbison’s Kitchen in Los Angeles, celery and onions top the ingredients list, then its regional differences:
• People in the Northeast and West are more likely to add carrots and sausage.
Millions of families will come together today and celebrate their bounty by reflecting on God, family and good will. African Americans have a special historical connection to Thanksgiving that is often overshadowed by other iconic figures that have become more closely associated with the holiday, such as the Pilgrims, Plymouth Rock, Native Americans, the turkey and the cornucopia (horn of plenty).
President Abraham Lincoln, who instituted the holiday in 1863, also wrote and delivered the Emancipation Proclamation that same year.
LOS ANGELES, Calif.—Thousands of Skid Row residents and homeless people from downtown and beyond were served Thanksgiving dinners with all the trimmings today during the Los Angeles Mission’s annual holiday feast.
Celebrities including Hilary Duff, Blair Underwood and Tatyana Ali were among the notables expected to help serve the meals during the daylong event, for which hungry diners lined up for hours.