November 21, 2007, - 4:30 pm
By Debbie Schlussel
To my friends and readers, I wish you a joyous, delicious, and thanks-filled Thanksgiving holiday and weekend. I spent every Thanksgiving with my father, and this is the first year without him, so it won’t be the same. Still, I have plenty to be thankful and grateful for.
Yes, things are more expensive this Thanksgiving for all Americans. Today’s Wall Street Journal reports that The Turkey Index–the average price of a Thanksgiving meal–is up three times more than the average. This year, the average total cost of a Thanksgiving meal in America is $42.3, up 10.9% over last year’s $38.1. That includes turkey, stuffing, sweet potatoes, rolls, peas, cranberries, relish tray, pumpkin pie mix, pie shells, whipping cream, milk, and “miscellaneous items.”
Still, unlike in many, many lands, most Americans can still afford the cost of such a lavish meal (yes, too many cannot), and we have so much to appreciate and give thanks for. Number one of those, we are still free.
I give thanks that I am healthy, alive, and with food, heat, water, and a roof over my head. I also give thanks that I have you, dear readers, continuing to read and patronize this site. Thank you so much for continuing to come back again and again, reading, commenting, and e-mailing comments and information,etc.
Happy Thanksgiving to you all. And enjoy your Turkey. (This is a Tofurkey-Free Zone.)
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