Thanksgiving Legends

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When you really think about it, this holiday has accumulated a fascinating trove of traditions.

  • Published 27 November 2019
  • Updated 24 November 2020
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Imagine describing the United States’ Thanksgiving tradition to someone who had just landed on Earth for the first time. It might go something like this:

Yeah, so somehow an embellished story about people wearing buckled shoes and eating got us a day off every year when we travel unusual distances to eat dry poultry and tough root vegetables (remind me to explain butter later) and spend time with relatives we chose not to live with. Then we watch a parade of giant balloons moving in slow motion on television before arguing with said relatives and passing out over one-too-many servings of pie. Oh, and we sometimes say we’re thankful for stuff before we wake up and go shopping in the middle of the night. More pie?

Whatever you’re doing this Thanksgiving, we hope it’s a happy one!

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  • Published 27 November 2019
  • Updated 24 November 2020