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  •  It's a much older custom than that (2+ / 0-)
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    poligirl, dizzydean

    usually related to having just won some battle or war or whatever. For example there was a general Thanksgiving declared in November 1760 after the British (including many New England regiments) took Montreal from the French. And I believe it first became a regular or generally observed holiday during the Civil War, on the Union side only.

    So it's traditional, and has lost its original religious meaning, and also (thank goodness) has lost its military overtones. Civic holidays are like that, quasi-religious -- but at least Thanksgiving can now be enjoyed by all Americans regardless of ethnicity or religious preference (or none).

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