President Trump pardoned the Thanksgiving turkey yesterday, continuing a long and surprising tradition.
Such clemency apparently began with President Lincoln in 1863. Two years later, a White House reporter noted that “a live turkey had been brought home for the Christmas dinner.” However, Lincoln’s son Tad “interceded in behalf of its life . . . [his] plea was admitted and the turkey’s life spared.”
My wife marked a significant birthday last week. I offered to take her anywhere to celebrate and she chose Disney World. Since she grew up just a few blocks from Disneyland in California and we visited Disney World often while living in Atlanta, the trip was a nostalgic and fun week for us both.
I’ve been preparing for Thanksgiving all week. Besides the grocery runs and house cleaning, I’ve cooked two casseroles, baked three pies, whipped up a relish, and brined a turkey. However, my Thanksgiving won’t be complete without adding a few more ingredients, and neither will yours.