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Why We Eat What We Eat – Stories Behind Traditional Thanksgiving Foods

 

If you're like most Americans, your Thanksgiving dinner table will include at least a few basic items — turkey, stuffing, cranberry sauce and the like. But have you ever thought about why we eat those foods on Thanksgiving? Or, for that matter, why turkey is called “turkey”?

In order to answer these hard-hitting questions and maybe even give you some interesting small-talk for the table, here are the stories behind the traditional Thanksgiving foods.

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Category: Holidays, Thanksgiving
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Mistletoe Fair 2011

Thursday, November 17 -- Sunday, November 20:
Mistletoe Fair is this weekend at the Four States Fairgrounds Entertainment Center. Enjoy shopping at local vendor booths as well as those from far away. Unique Christmas gifts galore! All of the money raised by the Junior League of Texarkana stays in our local community and benefits many programs like Shoes for the Sole providing shoes for kids and Holiday from the Heart giving kids a $100 shopping spree for Christmas. Preview Party is Thursday from 7PM to 10:30PM. Regular shopping is Friday 9AM - 8PM, Saturday 9AM - 7PM and Sunday 12Noon - 5PM. Santa arrives on Friday at 6PM. For more information visit JLtexarkana.org.

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Five Easy Thanksgiving Crafts to Replace the Hand-Traced Turkey [VIDEOS]

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Thanksgiving is fast approaching, but while you may be mulling dinner preparations and seating charts and such, don't forget about the kids. They'll need something to do, especially since children who are normally in school will be home for the holiday.

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Category: News, Thanksgiving
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10 Costumed Dogs Celebrating Thanksgiving [PHOTOS]

It's time once again to give thanks, and what could we be more thankful for than awesomely ridiculous dog costumes? Oh, and the ridiculous, er, passionate owners who take Thanksgiving so seriously, they dress their canine friends up to celebrate the harvest. Here's ten photos of dogs that just (Plymouth) rock.

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Category: News, Photos, Thanksgiving
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‘Glee: The Music, The Christmas Album Volume 2′ Track Listing, Release Date Revealed

This holiday season, let ‘Glee‘ help you deck the halls and roast those chestnuts with their second annual Christmas release, ‘Glee: The Music, The Christmas Album Volume 2,’ which hits shelves on Nov. 15.

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Cat in Pumpkin Costume Eating Pumpkin Will Blow Your Mind [VIDEO]

What’s cuter than a cat named Jumbo Pillow eating pumpkin strips while dressed in a pumpkin costume? Honestly, nothing. But if you don’t believe us, feel free to take a look for yourself. 

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Angry Birds, ‘Black Swan’ Lead 2011′s Most-Searched Halloween Costumes

If Google’s recent list of the most-searched Halloween costumes is any indication, we’ll be seeing lots and lots of Angry Birds roaming the streets for candy this year. Not to pat ourselves on the back, but we predicted these costumes would be popular.

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Category: Halloween
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Avante Garb/My Cat Has Cancer/Two Moms LTD, Etsy
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18 Bizarre Homemade Halloween Costumes From Etsy [PICTURES]

Etsy, in case you don't know, is basically the craft fair/flea market of the internet. Millions of people come together to sell the unique things they've handcrafted to those wishing to have something unique in their lives. And like most craft fair/flea markets, it's go

Category: Halloween, News
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Ellen DeGeneres Scares Steve Harvey Silly [VIDEO]

By now, guests on ‘The Ellen DeGeneres Show’ should expect a random, terrifying scare from a staffer in costume. But Steve Harvey was taken completely unawares when a man in sporting equipment crept up behind him and scared him silly.

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The Culinary Geek, Flickr
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9 Things You Didn’t Know About Candy Corn

Every year, it hides in some dark, dank corner of even the most raucous Halloween party, waiting for some unknowing fool to stick their hand in its clutches of doom. It entices its prey with colorful designs and the promise of sweet joy, only to fill its victims with a familiar sense of bland, flavorless dread. T

Category: Halloween, News
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Nightmare on 7th Street [Video]

We did a broadcast at Nightmare on 7th Street this last weekend and had SO much fun! Located at 5301 West 7th Street, “Nightmare on 7th Street” is the premier local Halloween attraction, with the area’s best “Haunted House”, and the all new “Trail of Terror”.

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Category: Halloween, SYND
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10 Halloween Costumes Everyone Will Wear in 2011

Halloween is fast approaching. Besides figuring out exactly how much candy you'll need for the trick-or-treaters this year, another burning question remains: how will you dress for those adult parties and festivities? While you can always go with the tried-and-true — zombies, vampires, and superheroes — may we suggest something a little more timely? We took a look at the most popular topical costumes being sold by retailers, and added in a few of our own ideas for homemade get-ups as well. It's safe to say you'll be seeing plenty of these outfits come All Hallow's Eve.

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