The Pilgrims and the Indians sitting down for dinner together, is not the real reason for Thanksgiving, as most people might think. Yes, there was a three-day feast but that occured after the first successful harvest of 1621, which was one year after arriving and the pilgrims almost dying. At that meal the pilgrims only invited Chief Massasoit of the Wampanoag tribe and it was Massasoit who then invited ninety or more of his "Indian" brothers and sisters to the affair, LOL...
In fact - "The Pilgrims were Puritans, which is a very strict religion," Professor of Early American History Edward Gray said. "The way they gave thanks was through fasting. They would not have feasted to give thanks." Had the Pilgrims been giving thanks, the leader of the church would have announced a time of atonement throughout the town. This would have resulted in solemn prayer and fasting for a specified number of days.
Now we come to the Civil War and 1863 where Lincoln stated in his Thanksgiving Proclamation of Oct. 3, 1863,
"I do therefore invite my fellow citizens in every part of the United States and also those who are at sea and those who are sojourning in foreign lands, to set apart and observe the last Thursday of November next, as a day of Thanksgiving and Praise to our beneficent Father who dwelleth in the Heavens."
Lincoln also advised Americans to help each other and pray for one another on this day.
So with them facts it's plain to see that in reality we started to celebrate Thanksgiving because of Abraham Lincoln, but alas most people have forgotten this -
Now we come to 2011 and thanks to years of corporate media brainwashing Thanksgiving has been corrupted by corporations of greed and a thing called "Black Friday" when people become a veritable pack of wolves.
What is suppose to be our 'national' one day of gratitude (which, if you remember, is the whole purpose of Thanksgiving) has now become just another day in the corporatizational lives of American citizens to consume and consume and consume at the expense of our finances, our ethics, our morality and even our gratitude...