We all tend to fall back on traditions — the stuff we’ve always done — when it comes to holidays. Think about Thanksgiving. Your family has that special dish you can’t live without, right? You eat at the same time, with the same people. The comfort in those routines goes well beyond just the comfort food on the table.
But things change, even around holidays like Thanksgiving. It might be modern grocery stores replacing the Fort Pitt Butter Company’s fresh turkeys in the Diamond Market. It might be moving the focus of Black Friday — before it was called “Black Friday” — from our Downtown department stores to suburban shopping malls. And it might be the most unusual of circumstances — a Thanksgiving weekend blizzard — that forced Pittsburgh to alter its holiday routine.
Here are a handful of images from Pittsburgh Thanksgivings past: Our traditions that we still hold dear, and the ones that have changed over the decades. Dig in.
Workin’ for turkey
Exercise and Thanksgiving go hand-in-hand for some.
An elementary-school rite of passage: Getting wound up for the holidays.
A holiday hand
Helping with food drives has been a tradition for as long as people have needed a hand.
It has a different name and a different focus — suburban malls vs. Downtown stores — but shopping on the day after feasting is by no means a recent development.
The day after Thanksgiving in 1950 was remarkable not for sales in the department stores, but for the weather — a blizzard swept through and dropped 31 inches of snow, effectively shutting down pretty much everything for several days.
Happy Thanksgiving, from Pittsburgh’s first family