Some things become an annual event – and then a tradition. And so it is with today’s special Thanksgiving edition of Trade Up Tuesday. We first started re-enacting Charlie Brown’s backyard Thanksgiving dinner (you know the one – toast, pretzels, popcorn and jelly beans) with our kids when they were about five and three years old. Ever since then, it’s become something that they look forward to every year – and of course, they invite their friends to the event. Since you are all my blog friends, I celebrate by hosting this same quirky dinner right here on A Better Bag of Groceries – for one lucky reader to win – along with a copy of the much-loved DVD.
We watched the DVD this past weekend and we were thinking that, really, while so much has changed since A Charlie Brown Thanksgiving first aired (November 20, 1973), there are still some things that remain the same. Charlie Brown and his friends commiserate over the fact that the stores are already decked out for Christmas. (Oh, what would Charles Schulz think now!) Charlie Brown’s social calendar is over-committed. Charlie Brown’s family drives a big car that fits a lot of kids.
I don’t think that anyone working on the creation of A Charlie Brown Thanksgiving was thinking about nutrition when they planned the menu for the backyard Thanksgiving dinner scene. Amazingly, you can choose some bread and pretzels with higher NuVal scores, and pop the popcorn the old-fashioned way (just like Snoopy does) – and you’ll have a pretty nutritious lunch for your Peanuts fans.
I’m hosting this giveaway a week ahead of Thanksgiving so that I can get everything out to the winner in plenty of time.
This is a fun party to host with friends visiting from out-of-town over the long holiday weekend.
Check out the NuVal scores in this giveaway:
Arnold Triple Health Bread: NuVal score of 57
Good and Plenty Jelly Beans: NuVal score of 1
Orville Redenbacher Original Popcorn: NuVal score of 91
Snyder’s of Hanover Pretzel Sticks: NuVal score of 16
Remember to pop that corn the old-fashioned way – not just for authenticity (who had a microwave in 1973?), but because microwave popcorns have NuVal scores in the 20s instead of the 90s.
One lucky reader will win today’s fun giveaway (this one is always a crowd favorite!) All you need to do is leave a comment below telling me one Thanksgiving tradition you have. I can’t wait to hear! I’ll select one winner at random at 8 am Eastern time on Wednesday, so don’t delay. Good Luck!