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November 24th, 2007

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07:02 pm - My thoughts on Thanksgiving
Growing up, Thanksgiving was about 3 things: family, harvest festival and the early settlers working with the native indians. Now historically speaking, 2 out of these 3 things have been wrong.

Not a lot is harvested past Samhain, unless something really wrong is happening. Having worked in the organic agriculture industry, I know that any harvest festival should be in October, like the Canadian Thanksgiving.

Also, historically speaking the early settlers really screwed over the natives. Some call Thankgiving a day of mourning because of the historical facts.

However, in modern times, I think that the idea of whites cooperating with natives is a good sentiment and should be lauded. So, sure, historically, things ended up bad, but for one day in the year, we can look to the ideal of cooperating between people of different cultures. Even if it is a fiction.

Also, it is a time for families to come together.

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Date:November 26th, 2007 12:12 am (UTC)
Well...Thanksgiving was actually set by Abe Lincoln when a wife of a Congressmen made the recommendation of a national holiday of thanks because the Civil War was a serious moral downer. It had nothing to do with any celebration of thanks that the Pilgrims celebrated with the natives.

I would bet there WAS some sort of Harvest Feast...just not this late in the year.
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Date:November 26th, 2007 07:38 pm (UTC)
Well, I didn't know that. It seems it's not a day of mourning after all. Unless you count the Civil War.

So how did the whole Pilgrim/Indian thing get introduced then?

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