Fred Snyder

Those Pilgrims knew how to party! Following their first harvest in the New World in October of 1621, some 90 American Natives joined 53 Pilgrims for the three day event known as the First Thanksgiving. There was no turkey on the menu or NFL game, but there was a spirit of friendship and thanks to God for what the earth had produced. This year, more than 55 million people will take to the roads and air to visit family and friends. Macy’s will spend between $10 million and $14 million for their spectacular parade featuring 23 massive balloons and a thousand clowns. (They swear none are among the current congressional delegation)

The price of your turkey dinner is cheaper this year by a few cents. Turkey prices are lower, but the price of rolls and dairy products made up for the increase. The American Farm Bureau says Thanksgiving dinner for 10 people is still under $50 this year coming in at $48.91. And that includes the pumpkin pie and whipped cream.

Fred Snyder is a Gettysburg Times columnist. Opinions expressed do not necessarily reflect those of the newspaper. Contact Fred at or 717-334-1131, ext. 2850. “Around Town” is published in the Gettysburg Times every Tuesday.

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