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Thanksgiving 2009: Serving Up the Best

Best Thanksgiving Story
Here’s one with a powerful and memorable ending. Share it with friends and family. It appeared originally in the Washington Post on Nov. 23, 1978.  More >>

The Author Speaks: Service With a Smile
It was the end of a busy Friday night dinner shift. Waitress Candacy Taylor sat in the back of a San Francisco restaurant with her exhausted coworkers, griping about their aching feet and the frustrations of the job.  More >>

What I Really Know
The AARP Bulletin’s What I Really Know column comes from our readers. Each month we solicit short personal essays on a selected topic and post some of our favorites in print and online. These represent the best regarding the Thanksgiving holiday and spending time with family.
Family Get-Togethers: Through the Years
Family Get-Togethers: Managed Chaos
Family Get-Togethers: Brandy in the Soufflé
Day-After-Thanksgiving Shopping
Interact: Tell Us Why You’re Thankful

Myths & Facts About Thanksgiving

Think you know the holiday’s history? Find out what’s true and what’s false about the history of Thanksgiving and the holiday around it.  More >>

• NFL: Green Bay @ Detroit - 12:30 p.m. on FOX
• NFL: Oakland @ Dallas - 4:15 p.m. on CBS
• NFL: NY Giants @ Denver - 8:20 p.m. on NFL Network
• NBA: Orlando @ Atlanta - 8 p.m. on TNT
• NBA: Chicago @ Utah - 10:30 p.m. on TNT
• CFB: Texas @ Texas A&M - 8 p.m. on ESPN

Eating Healthy in Hard Times
Fat or Fit: Who Says You Can’t Be Both?
Myth Buster: Thanksgiving Stupor—Is Turkey to Blame?
Duck! It’s the Holidays
Turkey With Stuffing and Lime-Cranberry Sauce (SJ)
Eat the Way the Pilgrims Did (Prime Time Radio)
Chinese American Thanksgiving Turkey  (AARP The Magazine)

Survey Reveals the Changing Travel Habits of Americans
Holiday Road Trip: The Thrifty Way (
Peter Greenberg: Thanksgiving Get-Together (
Keep Checking to Avoid Steep Holiday Airfares
More Americans Sing, ‘I’ll Stay Home for Christmas’
Sky-High Luggage: Pack Smartly or Be Ready to Pay
Save a Buck: Gas Comparison Websites
Save a Buck: Ship ’n’ Save
Save a Buck: Airport Freebies
Fly Right: Holiday Air Travel Tips (AARP The Magazine)

Buying a New TV: What You Need to Know
Retail Losing Streak Despite Holiday Blitz
Save a Buck: Gift Card Gotchas
Flat-Screen Savings
Save a Buck: Gift Cards Into Dollars
Reader Essay: What I Really Know About Buying Gifts
Save a Buck: Shopper’s Helper
Cut Down on Catalogs
Tips on Avoiding Holiday Shopping Blunders (


Thanksgiving on TV
Can you guess the name of the TV program for each scene?  More >>

Thanksgiving Cartoons
Laugh-out-loud cartoons have a holiday theme.  More >>

A Norman Rockwell Holiday Puzzle
Piece together this iconic image of America in the 1940s.  More >>

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