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November 27, 2009, 02:39 AM
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Intended As Satire:
Thanksgiving Day is my favorite of the holidays where you don’t either get presents or free candy. It’s sort of America’s own special religious holiday (don’t tell liberals!) where we give thanks to God for giving us such an awesome country and not letting us suck like Canada or Mexico.

It was started by pilgrims who were quite thankful to God despite their ridiculous hats with buckles on them. They were originally joined by the Native Americans, though they became less and less thankful for the visitors in the later years. Well, water under the bridge, right?[Things I’m Thankful For—Due to Sarah Palin’s aerial patrols, wolf attacks are down 30%., by Frank J. Fleming, November 26, 2009]

Not Intended As Satire:
Thanksgiving, the quintessential American holiday, was created by immigrants. While everyone associates the first Thanksgiving with the Pilgrims, that is not historically correct. Several thanksgiving celebrations were held by immigrants prior to that event. The first recorded Thanksgiving ceremony took place on September 8, 1565 when 600 Spanish settlers landed in what is now St. Augustine, Florida and immediately held a Mass of Thanksgiving for their safe delivery to the New World. The Mass was followed by a feast and celebration. A Spanish expedition party rested and conducted a mass at San Elizario (near El Paso, Texas) in celebration of thanksgiving on April 30, 1598.[THANKSGIVING: ONE MORE REASON TO BE GRATEFUL TO IMMIGRANTS, By Robert L. Reeves & Nancy E. Miller,(Immigration lawyers) November 25, 2009]