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By adamg - 11/23/16 - 9:13 pm

Adam Cheung recalls growing up in Chinatown, where Thanksgiving was celebrated in part because it was the one day of the year restaurant workers tended to have off.

I think one time at Kwong Kow we had a potluck before Thanksgiving and my mother made Mash Potatoes. The Chinese kids devoured it so fast and all the leftovers were these intricate Chinese dishes. My mother thought that was kind of strange. But the thing is, When you eat home cooked Chinese food everyday and you grow up in America you start to crave the mainstream American food.

By adamg - 11/22/16 - 4:09 pm

Eeka asks:

Stores near Roxbury that aren't out of fresh cranberries. Go.

By adamg - 11/27/15 - 2:15 am
Guy giving out instructions at Walpole Wal-Mart

Worker tells crowd where the hot deals are.

The doors opened at 1 a.m. at the Walpole Walmart. Workers let in 10 to 15 shoppers - the earliest of whom had been there since 4 p.m. - at a time.

Wal-Mart shoppers

Just in case, four of Wapole's finest were on hand: Read more.

By adamg - 11/26/15 - 4:15 pm
Inflated turkey on Roslindale/Hyde Park line

Thanksgiving comes first on West Street in Hyde Park (or maybe it's Poplar Street in Roslindale).

By adamg - 11/26/15 - 1:30 pm
Thanksgiving in Ward T at Boston City Hospital

Thanksgiving on Ward T at Boston City Hospital in 1897.

From the City of Boston Archives. Posted under this Creative Commons license.

By adamg - 11/25/15 - 8:39 am
When you could buy fresh-killed turkeys at Faneuil Hall

Back in the day, the first floor of Faneuil Hall was the place where Bostonians could buy fresh meat and poultry. In 1952, Leslie Jones captured the scene when Mr. Kelley, of Thresher & Kelley Market, showed off his Thanksgiving turkeys to a mother and her kids.

From the BPL's Leslie Jones collection. Posted under this Creative Commons license.

By adamg - 11/24/15 - 6:33 pm
Gridlock in Boston

Dutch provides some views of the gridlock on this pre-Thanksgiving Tuesday, such as in East Cambridge.

By adamg - 11/21/15 - 2:29 pm
Cranksgiving in Copley Square

Greg Hum was among those who biked to Copley Square for the second Cranksgiving ride to benefit the Greater Boston Food Bank, Red Cross, and the Somerville Homeless Coalition.

By adamg - 11/8/15 - 2:25 pm
Dog as Pilgrim and turkey

There's this house on Robert Street in Roslindale that has a concrete dog statue outside (to go with their concrete lion statues, of course). She's raring to go for the upcoming holiday.

By adamg - 11/28/14 - 12:08 am
First in line at the Walpole Walmart

This guy was first in line at the Walpole Walmart tonight. He says he got there at 1 p.m. to make sure he could get some video games, a game controller and a TV stand for his mom. What about Thanksgiving dinner? He said his dad cooked dinner early so he could eat with him and still have time to get to the Walmart.

The next people in line were all sitting in chairs and mostly bundled up completely, like those mountain climbers with their own mini-tents.

By adamg - 11/27/14 - 8:38 pm

We just gobbled up a story by Vermont Public Radio on 19th-century turkey drives in which turkeys were herded and marched from the Green Mountain State to Boston in time for Thanksgiving.

"We're talking about thousands [of turkeys] in each trip ... Up to 10,000," Peter Gilbert, chair of the Vermont Humanities Council, tells Vermont Edition. "One of the largest drives in the fall of 1824 involved 40 homesteads ... They went all the way from northern Vermont and the Canadian border by a variety of routes, through Ferrisburgh in the west, down the Connecticut River [in the east]."

Via MetaFilter.

By adamg - 11/27/14 - 10:47 am
Winslow Homer Thanksgiving print

Also notice that even back in the day, there was a kids' table. By Boston's own Winslow Homer for Harper's, 1858.

From the BPL's Homer collection. Posted under this Creative Commons license.

By adamg - 11/26/14 - 8:14 am

Our own Suldog discusses the War on Thanksgiving in the pages of the Los Angeles Times.

By adamg - 3/6/14 - 8:32 pm
Bell's Seasoning

The House of Representatives is nearing a vote on a proposal to declare Bell's Seasoning our official state seasoning.

If the House has a taste for the sage proposal, by seasoned state Rep. James Murphy (D-Weymouth), it would go to the Senate, where it could then shake out as a bill for the governor to take the measure of.

Murphy's bill reads in its entirety:

By adamg - 12/5/13 - 10:26 pm

Remarks by the President at Afternoon Hanukkah Reception - a reception attended by, among others, Dana Gitell, who coined the term "Thanksgivukkah."

By adamg - 11/28/13 - 11:54 pm
Bundled up at Walmart

The people at the front of the line outside the Walpole Walmart around 11 p.m. were in no mood to talk about when they got there or what they were going to buy or do much of anything besides huddling inside their cocoons.

There was a similar scene outside the Dedham Best Buy, although the overall line there was a lot shorter.

By adamg - 11/28/13 - 5:51 pm

Andy Metzger points us to Chapter 2, Sect. 7 of the Massachusetts General Laws, which decrees a $50 fine for picking mayflowers - $100 for picking them while in disguise or at night.

By adamg - 11/28/13 - 5:47 pm

Sure, they were, in their own way, a pretty nasty bunch, but you can't help but appreciate their Blue Laws when you look at all the ads in today's paper from chains advertising they're opening at 8 p.m. today. Hah, hah, not here you're not.

By adamg - 11/28/13 - 11:20 am
Thanksgiving in 1746

Massachusetts, of course, has a longer history with Thanksgiving than any other state, you know, the Pilgrims and all. In the early days, the date of an annual day of giving thanks wasn't fixed, but it did involve both public prayers, giving the servants the day off so that they, too, could attend church - and join in fasting.

By adamg - 11/28/13 - 10:22 am
Turkey menace

Bostonography maps turkey sightings in the Boston area. You know what to do: Choose white AND dark meat today.

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