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Happy Thanksgiving!

Although Miguel Sánchez at Modern Kicks (a relatively new blog I have just added to my roll of Blogville) will crucify me for this (thanks to the Honorable Terry Teachout for the link), I'm at home today and blogging on Thanksgiving. In fact, although I probably won't be writing anything new the next couple days (because of tryptophan overdose), we do have an overflow of recent posts that I'll finally put out there.

Jennie A. Brownscombe (1850-1936), The First Thanksgiving at Plymouth (1914), Pilgrim Hall MuseumBest wishes to all you readers, on this quintessential American holiday, Thanksgiving. For non-Americans who may not be familiar with this tradition (I find it hard to believe that any of you fall into that category), the United States is basically shut down today, nominally to give thanks to God for all the gifts we have received as a country, but in practice to gorge ourselves on delicious food and watch football games (Go, Lions! you can make it to .500!) with our families. In fact, although Thanksgiving is as officially established as a holiday can get, the President of the United States, in a bow to tradition, has to announce the day of Thanksgiving every year with a solemn proclamation (what President Bush said this year is, as always, modeled on the proclamations of our previous presidents).

The image shown here is a famous oil painting by Jennie A. Brownscombe (1850-1936), The First Thanksgiving at Plymouth (1914), which belongs to the Pilgrim Hall Museum.

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