Airs Wednesday, November 25, at 9 p.m. Ragamuffins, Hobos, Scary Masks, and Trick or Treat! Before marching bands, character balloons, and reindeer-driven sleighs began parading down 34th street every Thanksgiving Day, there were beggars, cross-dressers and mischief makers. This week we speak with several historians and experts about the raucous Thanksgiving tradition of ragamuffin parades, and how they gave way to the star-studded parade we are accustomed to today. We'll find out what apple gadgets can make apple pie easier, and we'll taste wine with expert Stephen Meuse.

Wednesday, November 25, 2 p.m. The Holiday season can be a minefield when it comes to good behavior. Do I wish people Merry or Happy or not? What if I get cornered by my weird uncle at the family gathering? How much of the menu do I need to change because my brother is now bringing a vegan? (Wait, now he's a vegan, too?) Can I still wear my favorite leather belt?

Wednesday, November 25, 1 p.m. Join us for the world renowned Mormon Tabernacle Choir as they celebrate this season of gratitude and the gift of life with a wonderful array of musical selections featuring For the Beauty of the Earth; Prayer of Thanksgiving; Praise to the Lord, the Almighty; Now Thank We All Our God; Count Your Blessings Instead of Sheep; Come, Ye Thankful People, Come; Gently Raise the Sacred Strain; All Things Bright and Beautiful; the Shaker tune Simple Gifts; Count Your Blessings Instead of Sheep, from White Christmas; Hymn of Praise; and As the Dew from

Families sit down together Thursday and enjoy a lavish meal giving thanks for the many blessings of the past year. Commentator Gary Joiner explains why this all-American holiday may not be so rooted in patriotism.

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Capitol Steps Politics Takes a Holiday Year End Review
Airs Wednesday, December 31 at 7 p.m.
Repeats Thursday, January 1 at 7 p.m.
Help say good-bye and good riddance to 2014 with the Capitol Steps and their annual year-end review.  It’s all in their hour-long special of “Politics Takes a Holiday!”  This year will feature all-new awards, such as: “Is that guy jumping the White House fence or is he just really into Michelle’s ‘Get Moving’ campaign?  “You say ISIS, I say ISIL.  Let’s call the whole thing off.”  And of course, “I scream, you scream, we all scream EBOLA!”

 Go ahead and announce it on your social media pages, but don’t post it on the Cloud because we have some pictures we really don’t think the world is ready to see. So let’s send 2014 out like a character from Fifty Shades of Grey…with a bright red bottom.