Wednesday, November 25, 2009

Weird Wednesday - Best Thanksgiving Websites

As I've noticed this year, Thanksgiving seems to be the forgotten holiday. As usual, the retail stores were out in full effect for the Halloween season. Pumpkins, candles, costumes, candy were out in force in Mid-October. However joining them this year were Christmas items that in the past have remained in the stockroom until the day after Thanksgiving. Somehow Thanksgiving has turned into the Holiday that Time Forgot this year. Now as the Thanksgiving holiday approaches we're inundated with Christmas commercials, holiday sales and even an early release for Disney's new 3-D spectacular A Christmas Carol. As much of a Christmas lover as I am, I think I'm going to take my time and enjoy the holiday that has always been in between Halloween and Christmas, Thanksgiving.

So as we approach Thanksgiving in 2009 (only 40 or so days before we supposedly "make contact") I thought we'd take a look at the best websites based around Thanksgiving:

Whenever one searches out the true meaning of anything nowadays they head to Wikipedia. That's where you can find half-truths about Thanksgiving's history and if it isn't sufficient enough for you, you can click edit and supply your own history of Thanksgiving. Those reasons and more is why Wikipedia is our first stop for websurfing Thanksgiving. Here you can find out what others believe you should know about this harvest festival.

Although text-based research is fun, we're in a more interactive age. So we'll need something a little more high-tech than just copy. For that we head to our next site, Macy's Thanksgiving Day Parade website.

Macy's Thanksgiving Day Parade Website:


Macy's Thanksgiving Day Parade is in it's 83rd year and they're headed to new territory tomorrow. 7th Avenue. That's right, the parade has never gone done 7th in it's 83 year history and for the first time ever they'll forget Broadway for new digs on 7th Avenue. One of the features of this year's Macy's Parade site is the new route they'll be taking en route to Macy's Herald Square.

On it's website you can find parade history, route information, as well as the parade participants including: the Giant Balloons, the Floats, the Novelty Balloons, the Bands, the Clowns, the Entertainers, the Performance Groups and the Specialty Units appearing. You can also play games, create your own parade and shop for parade merchandise.

But when you've had your fill of balloons and Broadway shows you need to dig a little deeper into this holiday known as Thanksgiving. That's why the History Channel has prepared a special site for you.

While you can take a look into the history of Thanksgiving on Wikipedia or take a look behind the parade all these years on Macy's site, however to get the unbiased history on Thanksgiving you have to go to the History Channel. Apart of their History of the Holidays series, History of Thanksgiving provides you with a comprehensive history of Turkey Day.

Take a look at the history of football on Thanksgiving, the behind-the-scenes work for the Macy's Parade, a look at how the Cowboys joined the Thanksgiving tradition, fun Thanksgiving facts, and a look at the preparation of John Madden's favorite, the Turducken. We hope you have a wonderful Thanksgiving holiday tomorrow.

Be Safe and Have a Happy Thanksgiving!

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