Americans informally celebrated Thanksgiving long before President Lincoln proclaimed it a national holiday in 1863. In those days, Thanksgiving was a solemn celebration and a prayer of gratitude over a bountiful harvest, meaning there would be enough food to last the winter.

For many Americans, Thanksgiving Day is little more than a day off from work, an excuse to eat to excess, watch footbal...

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