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7 True Stories About Funny Thanksgiving Mishaps

These true stories of snafus past will make you laugh—and breathe a little easier about your own Thanksgiving.

A Teacher Told Her Students to Draw What They Were Thankful for—This Was One Student’s Moving ...

As this teacher learned, some of the most moving lessons are taught by students.


The Nicest Place in Massachusetts: Plymouth

The spirit of Thanksgiving lives on every day here as new settlers are as welcome as the very first pilgrims...


10 Lives That Were Forever Changed Thanks to the Power of Generosity

These stories of radical compassion reveal our inner humanitarians, the part of us that believes that if we live with...


The First Thanksgiving of This Immigrant Family Who Lived in a Tent While Dad Built Them a House Wil...

There's nothing like living in a tent without things we had taken for granted, like running water and electricity, to...

Warning: You Will Want to Steal This Family’s Quirky “Yule Chicken” Tradition

When this family's annual Thanksgiving game went awry, the fun lasted all year long.


This Family Would Spend 5 Months Prepping for Thanksgiving

First the harvest, then the canning, and by fall, the barn and back-porch pantry smelled of spices, apples, and California...

This Family Has a Special Attachment to Their Fine China Dishes, and the Reason Will Warm Your Heart

The thoughtful 'Ladies Home Journal' photographer gave this family a gift they'll cherish forever.




An Injured Solider Was About to Spend Thanksgiving Alone in the Hospital. Here’s How It Turned Into ...

An injured soldier stationed in Alaska finds comfort and fellowship while celebrating Thanksgiving away from home.

What Are You Thankful For? 7 Creative Answers

What makes you grateful? Anne O. Kubitsky started the Look for the Good Project by asking people for postcards with...


3 Stories of Gratitude and Powerful Love

A narrative project called "StoryCorps" illuminates inspiring stories of generosity and love from across the United States.