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John Wheeler, WDAY, Published November 22 2012

Weather Talk: Thanksgivings cool but not cold growing up in central Alabama

The cold weather outside today is not at all unseasonal for this region of the country.

When I was a child, my family was living in central Alabama. I remember Thanksgiving time as being cool but never really cold. A late November day in Alabama might bring a morning frost, but more often it would not. The afternoons were cool enough that a sleeve felt good on the arm, but a coat was usually too warm, especially for a boy bent on organizing a neighborhood football game the day after Thanksgiving.

It was a tradition: turkey on Thursday followed by cartoons all day on Friday. The television networks, knowing kids had no school, ran cartoons all day instead of soaps on the day after Thanksgiving. For this reason, my friends and I renamed the day “Good Friday,” knowing full well the real Good Friday was half a year away. But after a few hours of cartoons, the urge to run would be overwhelming, and a football game would happen spontaneously in an empty field nearby.


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