If you were playing a word association game about Thanksgiving, what would be the first word that pops into your brain? Turkey? Dressing? Parades? Dessert? Football? Sweet Potato Souffle? (Okay, technically, that’s three words, but one dish).
Thanksgiving is a single word that inspires a virtual cornucopia of emotions. From food with our families and friends to the opportunity to be thankful for the freedoms guaranteed by this country’s founding fathers and the defining documents for our existence, Thanksgiving signals the official start of the holiday season culminating with New Year’s Day some 30-odd days later.
Once we get through the reasons for the day’s existence, its historical significance, and all of the stuff associated with the appropriate commemoration of said holiday, we strip away the philosophical foundation for the holiday. We get down to the brass tacks of what Thanksgiving means to most people: