happy thanksgiving! surprisingly, what’s good about having a foreign girlfriend is learning about your own culture. i guess i never paid much attention in history class as a kid (plus that was a long time ago). so questions like, “how did thanksgiving day come about?” make me search the web for some answers. i knew it had to do with the pilgrims and a feast with the indians to celebrate a harvest, but why the big deal? how did it endure and become a national holiday? this history of thanksgiving site provided some knowledge. learned some interesting stuff, including the fact that they didn’t land on plymouth rock (though they settled there after landing in cape cod), there were two times more “strangers” than “separatists” (from a puritan sect), and they didn’t call their entire group “pilgrims” until they settled. more myths here, from the history channel.

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