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6 Ways to Celebrate Thanksgiving in Massachusetts

By Dining, Food for thought, Seasonal, Uncategorized

Thanksgiving is one of the most underrated American holidays. After all, there’s no Thanksgiving tree, buying presents for loved ones, or dressing up in silly costumes for this holiday. However, Thanksgiving is the very best for spending time with friends and family, and also eating some yummy food! In Massachusetts, there are so many exciting celebrations happening, as well. Here are six ideas on how you can celebrate your Thanksgiving in Massachusetts!

  1. Check out the Thanksgiving parade in Plymouth, MA

To get the most out of your Massachusetts Thanksgiving festivities, head to Plymouth the Saturday before the big day. America’s Hometown Thanksgiving Parade kicks off at Benny’s Plaza. This parade includes military bands, a fife, drum and bugle corps, beautiful handmade floats, and more.

  1. Sign up for the Turkey Trot in Norwood, MA

To get in shape for that big Thanksgiving feast, consider signing up for the Norwood Turkey Trot and run. There’s a fun run for the kids, too! Get out and enjoy your community at this wonderful annual event.

  1. Donate to the Merrimack Valley Food Bank in Lowell, MA

You may donate canned or boxed food or may make a monetary donation instead. Help make Thanksgiving a day of feasting and celebrating for those who might not be able to afford it otherwise.

  1. Detour to Duxbury, MA to visit Bongi’s Turkey Roost

Bongi’s Turkey Roost will sell you a farm fresh raw turkey or you can buy it already roasted and ready to warm up on Thanksgiving Day.

  1. Help others with Boston Cares in Boston, MA

Head into Boston for countless volunteer opportunities in the days before Thanksgiving or even on Thanksgiving Day. Help fill bags and boxes at soup kitchens, deliver groceries to needy families or serve our veterans Thanksgiving Dinner. Boston Cares will help match you with the appropriate volunteer opportunity that meets your schedule.

  1. Do some Black Friday shopping at Kingston Collection in Kingston, MA

This sprawling mall is guaranteed to have a store where you can find a holiday gift for every member of the family!

If you still need to cross some items off your Christmas shopping list, check out our items at FishAye!


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Fun Facts About Your Thanksgiving Meal in Massachusetts

By Dining, Fun facts, Seasonal

Although turkey is somewhat synonymous with Thanksgiving dinner it’s not all about the Turkey. For many, folks are most grateful for the side dishes, appetizers and the pies. In Massachusetts the most searched recipe on Thanksgiving? Cheesecake. Making cheesecake is easier than you think. Here’s a list of 65 cheesecake recipes to get you started.

As you surround your big bird with dishes that celebrate the 1621 harvest feast of the Wampanoag people and the Plymouth Pilgrims, why not get a little creative with the customs. While generations of traditionalists fill their menu with tried and true dishes (hello, stuffing and pecan pie), some get even further inspired while still paying homage to foods native to the New World.

Across New England, each region has its own peculiar twist on traditional Turkey Day standbys. Massachusetts’ contribution to the table ever since Stow resident Charles Leggett crossed a Hubbard with a Gooseneck in the 1940s is Butternut Squash. Locals roast the winter squash and turn its orange flesh into hearty and interesting holiday dishes with just the right savory to sweet ratio. From soups to salads to stuffing, its potential has no limits. Need some inspiration to change up your squash game? Don’t worry, we’ve got you covered with this list of 37 Butternut Squash Recipes.

While cheesecake and butternut squash have grown in their desire to be on the Massachusetts dinner table, many other historic Thanksgiving foods have come and gone from the menu over the years as tastes change. These include bear and lobster!

Whatever your dinner table tradition, we hope you enjoy and have a very Happy Thanksgiving! Your Thanksgiving table will look fantastic and clean up will be easy with our Gyotaku placemats. They are available here:

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