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The roots

Before they're served piles of turkey and pie, kids often hear the story of the first Thanksgiving – how Pilgrims and Native Americans came together to feast and count their blessings. But most aren't told native people likely outnumbered English colonists 2-to-1 at the harvest feast in 1621. Nor do they usually learn just how much Pilgrims relied on the native Wampanoag tribe during those tough early days. Learn more about the real roots of Thanksgiving: Rethinking what happened 400 years ago at the first feast in Plymouth.

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  • Native food is more than a Thanksgiving spread. What Indigenous chefs want you to know about their incredibly diverse cuisine.
  • What do Native Americans really think about Thanksgiving? Here's what Indigenous people said about the holiday.

The feast

I don't know about you, but I've been thinking about Thanksgiving for a couple weeks now, and I'm ready to eat. Whether you're chowing down around a table with family, celebrating Friendsgiving, or doing your own thing, here's a healthy serving of tips and tricks to make it the best day ever.

  • Cranberry sauce is in high demand for Thanksgiving. But why are Ocean Spray cans upside down?
  • What's your favorite Thanksgiving dish? Here's what people are Googling in your state.
  • Cranberries, stuffing – or is it dressing – and turkey, oh my! Why do some Thanksgiving foods divide the dinner table?
  • When deep-frying a turkey goes wrong: Experts explain how to stay safe this Thanksgiving.
  • Another option: Takeout on Thanksgiving. Cracker Barrel, Denny's and more offer meal specials to eat at home. Tip: Bring your own pan if you don't want anybody to know where that mac n' cheese came from.
  • Eat too much? It's OK. Here's why 'overindulging' at your Thanksgiving dinner isn't a big deal.
  • The best holiday for leftovers: Here's a fool-proof cheat sheet to reheating food.
  • If you need to hit a store, Walmart, Target, Best Buy, Home Depot are closed on Thanksgiving but CVS and Walgreens are open. See the list.
  • And if you end up with a nightmare in the kitchen, don't fret. What restaurants are open Thanksgiving? Starbucks, McDonald's are, but Chipotle and Chick-fil-A are closed. Check out the list here.
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The ties that bind us

Thanksgiving is traditionally a time to gather together and celebrate those most important to us, and all the things we're thankful for. But we're all human. Read on for conversation starters and ways to navigate the day if things get awkward.

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  • Grandma accidentally invited a stranger to Thanksgiving. Now, they're "all set for year 6."
  • Is it PEA-can or puh-CON? This Thanksgiving, remember the traditions – and pies – that bind us.
  • Home for the holidays? Here's what to do when your family hates your partner.
  • It happens. Here's how to navigate those uncomfortable questions at your holiday dinner table.
  • Make it better. Here are some Thanksgiving dinner questions that are better than "What are you thankful for?"
  • Breaching the "psychological contract"? Experts say working on holidays can damage your mental health. So, take a break. You deserve it.
  • "We learn to appreciate things when we lose them." How to give thanks during a pandemic.

The party after the party

Whether you're crashing on the couch in a food coma, looking for something to watch or hitting up the stores for some sweet Black Friday deals, we've got you covered.

  • What is the history of Black Friday? It's a tale of speculation and greed, so buckle up.
  • What to watch this Thanksgiving weekend: Disney's 'Encanto,' Lady Gaga in 'House of Gucci.'
  • Best Black Friday Deals: Live tracking the best deals at Walmart, Amazon, and more.
  • Here's your weather forecast for Thanksgiving, Black Friday and the trip home.

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