I love Thanksgiving. It joins the ranks with Halloween as being my favorite secular holiday. I love thanksgiving for many reasons: the food is of course great (I’m a big fan of all things pumpkin, for one), I love the fall weather, being together with family can be nice, a day off from work is a plus, but it’s also a pleasantly patriotic holiday. While I’m sure many people ponder over what they are thankful for on Thanksgiving, I bet few people remember that this holiday is all about the beginnings of our country being founded.
Sure, it might be a little pagan of us to celebrate the conversion of Native Americans to the British ways of the first settlers, but when those Brits started taking up in their new land, they decided that it wouldn’t be such a bad idea to hang with their hosts as well. And thus the first Thanksgiving meal was birthed. Thanksgiving is a holiday of togetherness- and not just on a close family and friends scale; but rather a togetherness that the whole country can share. Sorry to be corny, but Thanksgiving is a patriotic day of coming together.
Many of you might think that Independence Day, or the Fourth of July is our nation’s holiday for being patriotic, but guess what? Thanksgiving is gosh darned patriotic too. So happy patriotic holiday! Go forth and wear some red, white, and blue!