National Day Calendar

National Day Calendar


November 24, 2022 - Turkey Free Thanksgiving | Thanksgiving Day

November 23, 2022

Welcome to November 24, 2022 on the National Day Calendar. Today we celebrate freedom of choice and a meal that brings us together. 

Anna: In this season of gratitude, perhaps some of you are grateful you don’t have to cook a turkey today. Is anyone out there celebrating Turkey Free Thanksgiving? Yep that’s a thing. I know you cook turkey two ways John.

John: That's right - roasting and smoking.

Anna: And you probably aren’t on the hook at all for cooking a bird, eh Marlo?

Marlo: I just show up.

John: Come on down!

Anna: But in case anyone else wants to take this off the menu it’s totally legit. Think of all the time you’ll save and wondering whether to brine or not to brine. We probably should have told you in advance this was an option. But if you find yourself with a roasting emergency, don’t call the turkey hotline, just announce that you’re proudly celebrating a Turkey Free Thanksgiving.

Sarah Hale, the author of Mary Had a Little Lamb, played a key role in our celebration of Thanksgiving. In 1862, she wrote to President Lincoln, asking him to make Thanksgiving a national holiday. Though he didn’t respond for another year, Lincoln fulfilled her request in the midst of the Civil War. He declared the holiday by asking Americans to set apart and observe the last Thursday of November as a Day of Thanksgiving and Prayer. Today we carry on that tradition in many different ways but Thanksgiving Day is still an opportunity to bring family and friends together in the spirit of gratitude. 

I’m Anna Devere and I’m Marlo Anderson. Thanks for joining us as we Celebrate Every Day.

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