I was raised that Thanksgiving was about the Native Americans helping those who came to their land to survive. It was about giving, sharing, relationship, and fragility.
Today I read that President Lincoln first declared Thanksgiving a holiday because he felt the nation had been blessed in fighting for freedom during the Civil War even though it was still going on.
President Roosevelt changed the date so there would be more time to shop before Christmas. Read this and laugh at how silly we are:
For me, it’s a day to come to peace, to savor and rest, gather and feast, and it’s not just one day; it’s more.