Thanksgiving Friends episode

Happy Friends-giving from!

For this installment of my sometimes weekly motivation column, I offer these 13 things you never knew about Thanksgiving. May your D/FW Thanksgiving be full of grace, and may you avoid the meat sweats.

1. Friends produced a Thanksgiving-themed episode nearly every year of its 10-year run, except for one: 1995, Season two’s “The One With The List.” Writers slipped in a “Mocklate” storyline at the last minute for NBC execs, but it’s the only Friends season not to have a dedicated Thanksgiving episode.

2. A kind Boston man offers a Thanksgiving meal to anyone who RSVPs, and he’s done so for 33 years. The tradition began when the divorced loner took out an ad in the newspaper, inviting others who’d spend the holiday alone to come eat together. Through the years, thousands have come to Scott Macaulay‘s table and given thanks together.

3. The only two teams that host a Thanksgiving Day game every year are the Detroit Lions and Dallas Cowboys.


thanksgivingLast week, we asked Realtors to pitch us listings that addressed a common Thanksgiving conundrum — space to serve many, and space to cook it in.

Our Tuesday Two Hundred is a great example of a home where that was taken into consideration — a beautiful three-bedroom, two-bath Traditional in Lavon that was built three years ago, with tons of attention to detail, including that kitchen.

And if listing agent Natalie Swanson with Coldwell Banker Apex-Frisco is excited about this home at 291 Orbit Dr., she has a good reason — it’s her brother’s home.

“He built it three years ago and has put so much work and upgrades into the home,” she told us. “It is spotless, and the only elevation of it’s kind in the whole neighborhood.”

“The new builds in the area start at $292,000, and they don’t have wood floors or the huge lot he has!” she added.

And about that kitchen: Swanson said that she knows that much of modern Thanksgiving traditions are unchanged — like going to “grandma’s house with the whole family, football games, and sometimes escaping outdoors to catch a breath of cool, fresh air.”

“The problem is that the chefs were isolated from all the festivities in the kitchen — but not in this house!” she said.