The Thanksgiving Story

Thanksgiving is a great holiday. Not only is it specifically devoted to the virtue of gratitude over consumption, but it even offers us a way past the too-abstract notion of “being thankful,” by means of a story.

Yes, I mean the story of the Pilgrims who settled at Plymouth. It’s a complex story, with plenty of food for thought about the effects of colonialism, the experiment in communal living, and so on, and we probably take it too much for granted. The funny thing is, however, no child knows this too-familiar story until it is told to them. Stranger still (to me), every child has a first time to hear the story, and a first time to remember hearing it – and the remembering rarely happens upon the second hearing! I think it’s important that the first many tellings convey the bright kernel at the center.

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