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Hooray for Thanksgiving

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The need to express one’s appreciation is universal

By Jay Miller

Thanksgiving is one of my favorite holidays.
One of the reasons is that Americans still remember why we celebrate it.
Thanksgiving isn’t just another holiday to which we give not one thought other than that it is a day off work.
Nearly all of us truly remember to give thanks and truly celebrate the holiday.
Unlike Christmas, there is no stress around giving and receiving presents.
The purpose of celebrating Thanksgiving is very simple and very easy to observe.
We’re told that all cultures observe some sort of day to give thanks.
It seems to be a basic human need to back away from trouble,  stress and daily commotion and reflect on one’s blessings no matter how meager they may be.
In this part of the country where we can boast a European presence that predates English settlements on the East Coast, we have some fun claiming that America’s first Thanksgiving occurred near El Paso in 1598.
That’s when Don Juan de Onate and his ,large group of settlers paused on their journey northward to feast and give thanks to God for getting them through the desert and providing them with a river crossing. But it will never replace the story about Squanto and the Pilgrims.
The observance of Thanksgiving is so comfortable. Family gathers, often from afar.


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