Thanksgiving Has Always Included Bickering, But It’s Never Been the Point

The Macy’s Day Parade. Football. Turkey, stuffing, cranberry sauce, and pumpkin pie. A nap. These are the quintessential elements of a traditional Thanksgiving. And yet there is another annual rite of passage that has somehow crept its way into our Turkey Day habits: The numerous editorials explaining “how to survive your family’s thanksgiving arguments.” “This…
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The Godmother of Thanksgiving

Everyone knows the story of the Pilgrims and the Native Americans sitting down to break bread in Plymouth for the first Thanksgiving feast. It’s the subject of countless elementary school lessons, which typically end with turkeys made out of construction paper. It’s also the subject of countless debates over how it “really” happened, which typically…
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Being Thankful for the Ability to Disagree

Thanksgiving is the annual celebration that occurs on the fourth Thursday of every November in commemoration of the meal that took place in 1621 at Plymouth, Massachusetts between Pilgrims and Native Americans, right? Well…in a nation that likes to disagree about everything, chalk Thanksgiving up as one more example. For instance, the Commonwealth of Virginia…
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Amid the Hustle and Bustle Let Us Pause to Give Thanks

Thanksgiving is a uniquely American holiday. What began as a chaste occasion for people to humble themselves before God and give thanks for His bountiful blessings has undergone extreme change in recent years. The holiday has since become a hectic affair known for airport lines, heavy traffic and frenzied family gatherings. A sober, solemn period…
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