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Thanksgiving

November 24th, 2011

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Thanksgiving. Barak Obama had just pardoned a couple of White House turkeys. I was confused. Thought Presidents usually only did that sort of thing at the end of their tenure in office. But it’d got me thinking. What was Thanksgiving all about?

Usual commercialism aside, there appears to be mixed opinions as to the origins of this North American celebration. From what I can discern, the early settlers were having a bit of a hard time of it. Marking the end of their first year in the New World with a bit of a bash. Raise the spirits.

Seems the native Indians felt sorry for the settlers and gave them a turkey or two to slaughter for the festivities. So far so good. Unfortunately, in subsequent years appears everyone was just right out of poultry. Which was good news for our feathered friends. And very bad news for the Indians.

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