The People We Forget To Give Thanks For

November 26, 2014 4:15 PM

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If you want to understand the true origins of Thanksgiving, I suggest that you check out an excellent book called Lies My Teacher Told Me: Everything Your American History Textbook Got Wrong by James Loewen. What you'll discover is that the origins of the holiday are not quite as pretty as one might hope. And over time the celebration itself has turned into a bacchanal. The average American will consume 4,500 calories in a single meal, perhaps just enough to fuel the Black Friday frenzy, but still twice the average daily requirement.

But for a moment, let's step back and focus on what the holiday is intended to represent: a national, non-religious day to celebrate with family and friends all the good fortune that most of us are privileged enough to enjoy throughout the year. In its purest form, Thanksgiving is a day when we cele...

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