By John McDevitt

PHILADELPHIA (CBS) – Area markets open today were doing a brisk business as shoppers were popping in for odds and ends for their holiday feasts.

Once turkey was in the oven, Ellen Pannell ran to a south Philadelphia market for items that still needed to be picked up for dinner.

“The husband is home making the turkey and the kids are running around waiting for the cousins to get there.”

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Ellen Pannell made a last-minute run to the grocery store on Thanksgiving. (Credit: John McDevitt)

Nineteen people will sit down to a feast at her row home.

“Peas…I had to get sparkling grape juice for the kids, because they need to toast. What else did I have to get? Pine nuts for the swiss chard.”

It’s the third year the whole gang is at the house for Thanksgiving.

“My mom finally gave up the tradition. It was hard for her, very hard.”

But mom made her popular sweet potatoes and there’s pecan pie for dessert.

Ellen says her family has a lot to be thankful for, “I am so thankful that my family is doing so well right now and — with this economy — that we both have jobs and that we are still ok.”

Reported by John McDevitt, KYW Newsradio 1060

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