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Respect the Bird! 
Nov. 2, 2011 4:02 pm 
Updated: Nov. 5, 2011 12:02 pm
Hi Allrecipeeps!

Allrecipes is an amazing community of passionate, engaged home cooks; in fact, it’s the world’s largest online food community. From time to time, this community stirs things up and inspires new ideas—just like it has now with the Respect the Bird campaign, a grass roots effort started in November 2010 by one frustrated Supporting Member, Doug Matthews. Doug wrote a 
blog post then reminding people Thanksgiving deserves to be more than an afterthought among our national holidays. Taking a cue from Doug’s blog post, Allrecipes aims to boost Respect the Bird into national awareness. 

Respect the Bird supporters have a mission. They are determined to ruffle feathers as much as possible and restore Thanksgiving to its rightful place as a meaningful, respected American holiday, not one that’s merely a one-day delicious afterthought between Halloween and Christmas. Tapping into its original roots—thankfulness, a celebration of friendships, family, and gifts from the earth—Respect the Bird supporters want to create a Thanksgiving experience extending beyond meal planning. It is, after all, one of the treasured holidays that’s not about spending. As the #1 destination for Thanksgiving planning and preparation, is a natural channel for promoting this idea—starting with the “Respect the Bird Pledge”—a simple way to stand up and be counted among the thousands of people who share the mission. Click here to join the effort and make your pledge!

It’s a community effort, as much as the first Thanksgiving was a community celebration. Let your voice be heard here and on the Respect the Bird Facebook page! Send a Tweet with #Respectthebird and you might win the@respectthebird Twitter Sweeps! Check out all the fun ways to join the campaign in the Respect the Bird How-To Guide, and tell your friends to take the pledge! 

And don't forget to Respect the Bird!! and it's Thanksgiving loving community
Nov. 2, 2011 7:08 pm
My favorite can bet I am on board. Respect the Bird, peeps!
Nov. 3, 2011 5:17 am
My favorite too- no commercialism to get in the way of sharing with my family a day to Thank God for all our many, many blessings. I loved the Respect the Bird blog last year! Only 21 more days to go! Henry Alford once wrote: "Come, ye thankful people, come, raise the song of harvest home; all is safely gathered in, ere the winter storms begin. God our Maker doth provide for our wants to be supplied; come to God's own temple, come, raise the song of harvest home."
Nov. 3, 2011 7:08 am
Let's get that ball rolling. We know there are legions of Thanksgiving fans out there who need & want to be heard. Say it Loud ! Say it Proud ! Respect The Bird !
Nov. 3, 2011 7:17 am
Doug, where are the t-shirts? Here we go ya'll, Respect The Bird !
Nov. 3, 2011 8:23 am
I'm with you!
Nov. 3, 2011 12:07 pm
Over Fall break from college last month my son told me that his friend (B.) had asked if he could come celebrate Thanksgiving with our family. His family does not celebrate Thanksgiving.... This young man has *never* experienced a Thanksgiving Day celebration. We go out of town "over the river and through the woods" to Gramma's house (4 hours away) for Thanksgiving weekend, but this year we are also celebrating on Sunday November 20, including "B" and his long time girlfriend, and as many college hall-mates of my son who are not able to get home for Thanksgiving as we can fit in the house. I have a 15 pound bag of russet potatoes that I will probably peel, chunk and boil with garlic and hand-mash and then freeze so that at least one thing will be done in advance. Looking forward to the celebration- twice!!! =D
Nov. 5, 2011 9:11 am
This is a wonderful campaign that I am proud to be part's about time! I've always felt that push into December - starting in October! Enough is enough. With all the time and effort we put into the Thanksgiving meal lets keep the focus on Thanksgiving this month and celebrate the things in our lives that we are thankful for. I will start by thanking Doug for getting this started and to AR for picking it up and moving it forward. Happy Thanksgiving!
Nov. 5, 2011 12:00 pm
Yes! And I think the Friday after Thanksgiving should be devoted to spending time in nature (local, state or national parks; arboretums or nature centers), with family if possible. How about this: We celebrate Green Friday after Thanksgiving instead of feeling compelled to give in to Black Friday?
Nov. 5, 2011 12:02 pm
Although nature tends to reds, oranges, golds and browns this time of year. Okay, even better: Gold Friday. Go Outside Love the Day! Or GOLDEN Day: Go Outside, Love the Day En (in) Nature! Ha!
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