November 21, 2007, - 4:30 pm

To My Readers & Friends, Happy Thanksgiving; More Expensive, But Still Plenty to Be Grateful For

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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14 Responses

$18 for a Turkey? You must be joking.
I have a 16#r defrosting right now, and paid $6.50 for it. And that’s in California (San Diego).
Was that survey run the U.N. by any chance?

Mark L. Jackson on November 21, 2007 at 4:54 pm

Thanksgiving is NOT a Jewish holiday. But it certainly does have its roots in Judaism, so it is derived from the ancient Jewish festivals of thanksgiving to G-d. Its significant America is the ONLY nation that sets aside a day every year in the fall to thank Him for life’s blessings. Thanksgiving is a theme that is mentioned 22 times by name in the Hebrew Bible. The American holiday should be more than just about turkey, family and football games. Its a reminder life and everything about it comes from G-d and all of us need to be humble and express gratitude to Him, not just one day a year but all year around. For without G-d, we are all are lost; with Him we will discover the road ahead in our life’s journeys. Happy Thanksgiving!

NormanF on November 21, 2007 at 5:41 pm

I think I’ll make this Thanksgiving meal traditionally simple just to save exspenses. It will only consist of turkey legs,sweet potato pie, and cranberry apple crisp.
NormanF makes a good point. As a jew myself, I have alot to be thankfull for living in America. It opened its doors to my great grandparents who escaped from the ongoing persecution in Europe. Hence, America was the first country to grant us our freedom and rights. Albeit the sporadic anti-semetic incidents that set through different time phrases,America was a safe haven for the jews.The USA was the only country where jews didn’t suffer and perish from pogroms or massacres . I’m gratefull to live in a country where I can reconcile my religious beliefs and practises with my nationality. The concept of retaining your faith while identifying with your fellow Americans is outstanding. Thats what unites us. Can you garner such solidarity elsewhere? Certainly not in the middle-east where the only accepted religion is Islam in muslim countries by and large. Such despotic nations where human rights and liberties are not recognized also deprive their citizens by most of the freedoms we enjoy. Our freedoms grant us the power to advance in our society.The profound meaning of Thanksgiving is to remind us what we have instead of what we lack which is something to be thought about,let alone celebrate. That concludes my Thanksgiving sermon.
Happy Thanksgiving y’all! Don’t go cold turkey though.

Jew Chick on November 21, 2007 at 6:31 pm

Happy Thanksgiving to you as well Debbie. Keep up the good work. It has been a real pleasure to run across someone in the journalistic world with a bit of intergrity. It makes it easy to come back again and again.

Ford Jones on November 21, 2007 at 7:13 pm

Happy Thanksgiving.
I’d feel a lot more thankful this holiday if my Republican Party wasn’t trying to undermine the state of Israel by forcing it to commit suicide.

barrypopik on November 21, 2007 at 8:28 pm

“This is the first year without him”….I didn’t realize your dad passed away? If so, my sympathies (I lost my dad almost 9 years ago and still miss him dearly). If you mean something else my apologies.
NormanF, actually Canada also has Thanksgiving but they celebrate it on the day we call Columbus Day.

hairymon on November 21, 2007 at 8:50 pm

The WSJ article is misleading. Divide the cost by 6 or 7 to get the cost-per-person for that meal. The meal then comes in between $6 and $7 per celebrant, not including beer, wine and travel costs.
May your memories of good times spent with yoour father balm your sorrow, Ms. Schlussel. And may you spend Thanksgiving among those you love.

chsw on November 21, 2007 at 9:29 pm

Happy Thanksgiving to you, too, Debbie. I love your site!
I hope you and your family share many happy memories of your beloved father this year.

PJ on November 21, 2007 at 11:06 pm

Can we forget all about politics for one day, and EAT UP!?

Squirrel3D on November 22, 2007 at 1:45 am

Happy Thanksgiving to you too, Debbie. I know you will miss your father, but he will be there with you in spirit every time you and your family share memories of him.
I love Thanksgiving and I miss being able to celebrate it with the rest of America. Here in Israel, some hotels and organizations will throw a dinner, but it’s not the same as being with family. Sadly for me, some Americans feel the need to “shed” all American customs and become Israelis as fast and as much as they can, so that also makes me feel like the only person here who REALLY misses Thanksgiving. I agree that it is a very “Jewish” holiday.
But hey everyone, let’s don’t forget to shed a tear for the Native Americans on this “day of mourning.”,2933,312480,00.html
Oy. God help us.

AmericanJewess on November 22, 2007 at 2:26 am

Have a safe, blessed and very Happy Thanksgiving!

BobG on November 22, 2007 at 8:46 am

Happy Thanksgiving to you Debbie. I give thanks with you and FOR you too!!! You are someone I am thankful for year round!!
To you and yours –may the Lord bless this day for you and the memory of your beloved father.

BB on November 22, 2007 at 9:39 am

Debbie, Happy Thanksgiving too you. I’m thankful for the fact that we have this new tool called the internet. I’m thankful for folks like Debbie who are not afraid to speak the truth.
Would you please pass the potatoes?

newinnewark on November 22, 2007 at 11:02 am

ìI’d feel a lot more thankful this holiday if my Republican Party wasn’t trying to undermine the state of Israel by forcing it to commit suicide.î
Barry, this isnít the first time this type of NONSENSICAL THINKING has happened.
In WW II, before America entered the war, and when it looked like Great Britain would fall any day, President Roosevelt pleaded with the then Canadian PM, Mackenzie King, to talk some ìsenseî into Churchill.
What about?
AMERICA was fearful that the Royal Navy, then the largest navy in the world by far, might fall into German hands if Great Britain fell.
To prevent this disaster, while there was still timeÖ watch thisÖ Churchill SHOULD SEND the entire Royal Navy to Canada until AFTER THE WAR!!! There it could be kept safe from German capture!
Churchill shrugged off that stupidity and then sank part of the French Navy at Mers-el-KÈbir, as France had just fallen to Germany.
Shame on those cowards in public office who wish to offer up Israel for a false and fleeting peace with Mohammedís little losers.
And why isnít Israel a member of NATO as the Spanish PM recently demanded?
To you, Debbie and all our American neighboursÖ Happy Thanksgiving!

The Canadien on November 22, 2007 at 6:53 pm

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