Holidays and Celebrations

Santa chats with children in a video conference

Letters To Santa? How About Calling, Texting Or Emailing Him This Year

Here's a holiday freebie parents will appreciate: You can help your kids call, text, email or even FaceTime Santa, and these services are all free.

 | Bridget Sharkey

The Rockefeller Center Christmas tree

Major U.S. Cities Host Christmas Tree Lighting Ceremonies

Christmas trees are being lit up across the country as cities continue decades-old traditions.

 | Cat Sandoval

First lady Jill Biden speaks at an unveiling of this year's White House holiday theme.

First Lady Jill Biden Unveils 'We The People' White House Christmas

First Lady Jill Biden thanked people from across the country who helped decorate the White House for the holidays.

 | Willie James Inman

Employees sort packages for delivery at FedEx

2022 Holiday Shipping Deadlines

With recent postal delays, you don't want to wait to ship items during the holiday season this year.

 | John Matarese

Christmas wreaths decorate the exterior of the White House

'We The People' Is The White House's Theme For The Holidays

Jill Biden chose a holiday theme to remind Americans of what unites them. The decorations will be unveiled during an event Monday.

 | AP

Santa Claus waves from atop a float.

Operation Santa: How You And The USPS Can Help People In Need

Operation Santa has helped deliver gifts from Ol' Saint Nick to kids of all ages. And over the years, the process has moved online.

 | Aimee Reece and Lindsay Tuchman

Santa Claus waves from atop a float.

Naughty Or Nice: Potential Santa Shortage This Christmas Season

The demand for Santa Claus and all his helpers is up by over 30% from last year.

 | Stephen Graddick IV and Aimee Reece

President Joe Biden, center, standing next to Nantucket Fire Department Chief Michael Cranson.

Biden Brings Thanksgiving Pies To Nantucket First Responders

President Joe Biden has a more than 40-year tradition of spending Thanksgiving on the Massachusetts island.

 | AP

FeedingNYC group

FeedingNYC Has Fed 100,000 Families Since 2001 For Thanksgiving

FeedingNYC, a non-profit organization, provides hundreds of meals to shelters that include migrant families.

 | Axel Turcios

Mariah Carey performs at the 82nd Annual Rockefeller Center Christmas tree lighting ceremony

When Is It Too Early To Play Christmas Music?

When is it too early to ring in the holiday season on speakers and over the airwaves?

 | Patrick McGovern

Shoppers exit a Claire's accessories store advertising sales ahead of Black Friday.

Holiday Shopping Kicks Off With Inflation Dampening Spirits

Shoppers are dipping more into their savings, turning increasingly to “buy now, pay later” services.

 | AP and Stephanie Sandoval

The Ada Twist, Scientist balloon floats past Radio City Music Hall.

High-Flying Balloon Characters Star In Thanksgiving Parade

This year’s Macy's Thanksgiving parade will feature 16 giant balloons, 28 floats, 40 novelty and heritage inflatables.

 | AP and Scott Withers

Travelers at an airport.

Holiday Travel Rush Is Back With Some New Habits

AAA expects more than 54 million people to travel at least 50 miles from home in the U.S. this week, a 1.5% bump over Thanksgiving last year.

 | AP and Scott Withers and Scripps News Staff

A turkey

What Are Giblets, Anyway? Here's How To Cook With Them On Thanksgiving

This oft-overlooked bit of turkey meat can make for flavorful additions to Thanksgiving dinner.

 | Marie Rossiter

, Tuesday, Sept. 27, 2022, in Phoenix, as they join others across the country picketing for better pay and job safety

Are Airlines Prepared For Holiday Travel?

Will airlines be ready for the holiday rush after a summer bummer?

 | Lauren Magarino

A sale sign tops flats filled with cans of jellied cranberry sauce

Why Do We Eat Cranberries At Thanksgiving?

How did this fruit end up becoming such a Thanksgiving staple?

 | Meg Hilling

U.S. President Joe Biden, Naomi Biden,  Peter Neal and First Lady  Jill Biden.

Biden's Granddaughter Naomi, Peter Neal Wed At White House

It is the first White House wedding with a president’s granddaughter as the bride, and the first one ever on the South Lawn.

 | AP and Scripps News Staff

President Joe Biden pardons Peanut Butter, the national Thanksgiving turkey, in the Rose Garden of the White House

Why Do Presidents Pardon Turkeys?

It's a centuries-old tradition with origins that are a little ... feathery. Some believe it started with Lincoln — not the president, but his son.

 | Lauren Magarino

President Biden's granddaughter, Naomi, and her fiancé Peter Neal

Biden's Granddaughter To Exchange Vows In White House's 19th Wedding

Naomi Biden and Peter Neal's wedding will be the first to take place on the South Lawn, but the 19th wedding hosted at the White House.

 | Kellan Howell

A dog eats Thanksgiving foods formulated for pets

Which Thanksgiving Foods You Should Never Feed To Your Dog

Pass the turkey—but if you're giving your pup table scraps, know which ones are safe before you dish them out.

 | Tricia Goss

U.S. map showing most-searched Thanksgiving stuffing recipe in each state.

These Are The Most-Searched Thanksgiving Stuffing Recipes By State

Please pass the red Jell-O stuffing! This map reveals some surprising differences in states' stuffing tastes (or dressing, if you live in the South).

 | Bridget Sharkey

'Garfield's Thanksgiving'

10 Thanksgiving Movies To Relax With After The Big Meal

Christmas movies get all the hype, but these Thanksgiving-themed films deserve a viewing over the long weekend.

 | Anna Weaver

Snoopy, Charlie Brown and other Peanuts characters dance down sidewalk in illustration for movies

How To Watch 'A Charlie Brown Thanksgiving' For Free This Year

'A Charlie Brown Thanksgiving' is only available on Apple TV+ this year, but you can still watch the holiday classic without spending a dime.

 | Bridget Sharkey


Where To Get A Free Or Cheap Thanksgiving Turkey

The cost of food has gone up, and many families are feeling the pinch this holiday season. But you may be able to get a turkey at a deep discount.

 | Tricia Goss


Walmart Grocery Deals Under $10 For Your Thanksgiving Dinner

Grocery prices are up 12% over last year, but you can keep your Turkey Day tab down by picking up some of these deals from Walmart.

 | Kaitlin Gates

Vice President Kamala Harris lays a wreath at the Tomb of the Unknown Soldier.

Vice President Kamala Harris Speaks On Veterans' 'Unwavering Courage'

While President Joe Biden is overseas, the first lady, vice president and second gentlemen stepped in for some of the traditional Veterans Day events.

 | Stephanie Liebergen

First lady Jill Biden and President Joe Biden

First Lady Hosts Veterans Day Breakfast, Supports Caregivers

She introduced the Hidden Helpers Coalition, which is meant to help young people who act as caregivers who live with wounded service members or vets.

 | AP

A man cutting down a tree

Get A Christmas Tree For $5-$20 With U.S. Forest Service Permit

This is the fourth year the USDA Forest Service will issue Christmas tree permits to people who want to cut their own fresh tree for the holidays.

 | AP

An Aldi store

Aldi Is Rolling Back Thanksgiving Groceries To 2019 Prices

If you’re hosting this Thanksgiving, you may be able to save on holiday staples like stuffing, pie and wine by shopping at Aldi.

 | Tricia Goss

The 52.58-carat, internally flawless Mirror of Paradise diamond ring

Why do we wear wedding rings?

Where did the tradition of wearing wedding rings come from?

 | Simon Kaufman