This portrait of Sarah Josepha Hale, painted by James Reid Lambdin, hangs in Newport, N.H., where she was born. Jim Cole/AP hide caption

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President George W. Bush paid a surprise Thanksgiving visit to American troops in Baghdad on Nov. 27, 2003. Pablo Martinez Monsivais/AP hide caption

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Barbara King rings the "victory bell" and holds up a certificate celebrating her completion of 25 external radiation treatments. Courtesy of Charles Hogg hide caption

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Lilly Symer, 2, helps her mom, NPR reporter Allison Aubrey, make a walnut-based pie crust. Allison Aubrey/NPR hide caption

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Jack Bishop recommends letting your turkey sit for at least 30 minutes before you start carving. Ruocaled/Flickr hide caption

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Comet ISON on Nov. 14. Courtesy of Mike Hankey hide caption

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Gas prices are down compared with last year, but slumping consumer confidence could dampen Thanksgiving holiday travel. Julio Cortez/AP hide caption

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Manischewitz-brined turkey centers the Thanksgivukkah feast, surrounded by challah-apple stuffing, sweet potato bourbon noodle kugel, horseradish-spiked mashed potatoes, brussels sprouts with pastrami and pickled onions, and latkes with cranberry applesauce. Macey J. Foronda/for BuzzFeed hide caption

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