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Thanksgiving (United States)

Thanksgiving, or Thanksgiving Day, is a public holiday celebrated on the fourth Thursday of November in the United States. It originated as a harvest festival. Thanksgiving has been celebrated nationally on and off since 1789, after Congress requested a proclamation by George Washington. It has been celebrated as a federal holiday every year since 1863, when, during the American Civil War, President Abraham Lincoln proclaimed a national day of "Thanksgiving and Praise to our beneficent Father who dwelleth in the Heavens," to be celebrated on the last Thursday in November. Together with Christmas and the New Year, Thanksgiving is a part of the broader fall/winter holiday season in the U.S.

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I didn't used to have wine with Thanksgiving dinner, but I definitely had more than enough egg nog to make up for it. That and second helpings of my mother's famous sweet potato souffle with sweet pecan topping. Plus all the desserts--not just pumpkin pie, but apple pie, pumpkin roll, pumpkin bars, etc. And I never ran a marathon after. Maybe next year...

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