Thanksgiving is one of the year's busiest travel times in the United States. According to the US Bureau of Transportation, the number of long-distance trips (50 miles or more) increases by 54 percent around Thanksgiving.
Visiting friends and family is the single biggest reason Americans travel during the holidays. The visits account for 53 percent of all Thanksgiving trips. The average Thanksgiving trip is 214 miles. In 2012, AAA estimated that nearly 44 million people traveled during the holiday weekend - 90 percent traveled by car; the rest traveled by air, train or bus.
Last week, we asked you to share your favorite Thanksgiving memories with us.
We received many touching stories about how you remember celebrating Thanksgiving in the past.
Congratulations to Randy De La O, winner of a new Kindle!
We loved what you wrote about your favorite Thanksgiving memory :
Years ago, sometime in the mid-late 1960s. My mother came home from grocery shopping. She had bought all the food needed for our Thanksgiving dinner which would be coming up in a few days. She mentioned to my father that she had bought a turkey, but it was too big for her to carry. It was paid for and they were holding it for her. It just needed to be picked up. My father agreed to go and off he went to pick up the turkey.
He pulled up into the Von’s Market, in Pico Rivera, on the corner of Passons Blvd. and Washington Blvd. (in Los Angeles, California) went back to the meat section and told the guy that he was here to pick up the turkey that his wife had bought.
American ex-pats will celebrate wherever they live. In some countries, it's hard to find the necessary foods, such as cranberry sauce, and even whole turkeys. But no matter where we live, we try our best to reproduce the menu and good feelings of this favorite holiday.
It is a family holiday and we like to involve family members who attend. It's a time when we create special family memories.
We invite you to share your favorite family Thanksgiving memories for the chance to win a Kindle for the holidays. Simply leave a comment at the bottom of this blog post, for a chance to enter. We will choose one winner, and in honor of thanksgiving, we'll post a selection of our favorite entries. The winning story will be announced on Sunday, December 1.
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Enjoy the holiday with your family
Remember to share your family history,
ask questions and take photos of the festivities!
Our MyHeritage team wants to know what you – our readers – are thankful for at this time of year.
Families appreciate their mothers, fathers, sons, daughters, brothers, sisters, grandparents, aunts, uncles and cousins. Is there a special person who has made a difference in your life? Tell us about him or her in the comments below.
Genealogists appreciate all those resources that provide solid-gold nuggets of data that help to break through our brick wall problems. What new resources have provided you with interesting discoveries this year?
What are you thankful for this Thanksgiving? Participate in our survey below:
More than 350 readers responded to last week's "What's on your Thanksgiving table?" survey. The top table choices were turkey (20%), stuffing/dressing (16%), sweet potatoes/yams (16%) and pumpkin pie (14.5%). Also interesting were results of the "other" category: Corn pudding/casserole, string beans, cranberry sauce (of course!), tofurkey (turkey made from tofu), crescent rolls, apple pie, pecan pie, oyster dressing and collard greens. The best reply: