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Senior Historian James W. Bakereeat Plimoth Plantation states that the reason there are so many myths associated with Thanksgiving is that it is an invented tradition.
The day doesn’t originate in any one event, Baker said. It is based on the New England puritan Thanksgiving, which is a religious Thanksgiving, and the traditional harvest celebrations of England and New England and maybe other ideas like commemorating the pilgrims.
In Los Alamos, one annual tradition is county and school officials express Thanksgiving wishes to the community.
“Thanksgiving is that time of year when we’re reminded to give thanks. Take the time to count how fortunate we are as a community and keep in your thoughts and heart those in need,” County Administrator Tony Mortillaro said. “Normally we celebrate Thanksgiving day at home with our children, however, this year since our oldest child who is in college won’t be able to join us, we thought we would go and spend Thanksgiving with him in Arizona. This might be an adventure since he doesn’t cook, so we will attempt to prepare a traditional Thanksgiving dinner in his apartment.”
Los Alamos County Council Chair Mike Wheeler also took time to thank county employees for all they do throughout the year.
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