A heaping serving of thanks to all of The Non Sequitur readers–but special gratitude to the commenters. Â Extra special gratitude to my co-contributors over the years.
On that note, please enjoy this 3QuarksDaily essay by Scott and Rob Talisse and Thanksgiving and Christmas. Â A taste:
Unlike Halloween, Thanksgiving is a holiday of human significance.Â Though it is occasioned by the mythology of Pilgrims and Wampanoag Indians, the point of Thanksgiving is not that of rehearsing or commemorating that original event.Â In this respect, Thanksgiving differs crucially from other holidays.Â The Thanksgiving gathering is not a means to some other end, such as memorializing the signing of a document (July 4th), observing an ancient liberation (Passover), celebrating the birth of a god (Christmas), or honoring the bravery and sacrifice of soldiers in war (Veterans Day). Â The point of Thanksgiving is rather to gather with loved ones, to reaffirm social bonds, to enjoy company, and to appreciate the goods one has.Â To be sure, the Thanksgiving celebration is focused on a meal, typically involving large portions of turkey and cranberries.Â Still, the details of the meal are ultimately incidental.Â The aim of the Thanksgiving gathering is not to eat, but to be a gathering.Â The coming of people together is the point– and the whole point– of Thanksgiving.