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Everyone knows the story about the First Thanksgiving right? I mean c'mon even kids in Kindergarten know the real story.
In 1621 The Pilgrims and the Indians sat down and had a nice, friendly meal together. No fighting was allowed on that day. Everyone sat down at the Plymouth Plantation to a meal of turkey, corn, fruit, pumpkin pie, apple cider, and potatoes.
The point of the dinner was to celebrate the bountiful harvest and prove to the Pilgrims and Indians that they could live together in peace.
That story works for me. In fact, every Thanksgiving I run it through my head while I'm basting the turkey, preparing the stuffing, and while I'm watching the Macy's Thanksgiving Day Parade.
Yeah, it's a nice story isn't it? It's positively downright heartwarming. And it may be a downright lie.
I thought that my days of learning the shocking truth about holidays were long gone. Y'know it took me a long time to get over the fact that Santa Claus wasn't the guy I thought he was. I dealt with the Easter Bunny myth. And don't even get me started on the Tooth fairy!
But Thanksgiving is the one holiday I can count on to not let me down. It's not like there's a giant turkey named, Tom, who leaves presents for us every year and whose true identity will one day be revealed. No. Thanksgiving is safe. Nobody was going to mess with Thanksgiving.
Then I stumbled upon an article containing some disturbing "Anti Thanksgiving" information.
Apparently some folks think that the friendly first Thanksgiving wasn't exactly friendly.