Best Thanksgiving blog ever.

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on Nov 25, 2011
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Update: Photo: Peace and Paws Dog Rescue.

Veggie? Thanksgiving and Christmas are coming…here’s three posts to help! More:

Classic & Vital & Fun Thanksgiving Videos.

Everyone loves Thanksgiving, in America, except ironically, and painfully, our Native American sisters and brothers. The myth isn’t particularly true—that first Thanksgiving may have happened but there was already suffering and death all around and we repaid that moment of kindness one thousandfold with lies and murder.

But! And it’s an important but! Life is full of suffering and that this chapter of human hypocrisy has ended up as a day to honor family and sitting down around a table to eat and talk—things this fast food culture has fast forgotten—is an important and healthy thing.

So let’s honor the past, with a deep bow to our human tendency to hurt one another. And let us resolve to be kind.

And let’s honor the present, with a deep bow to family and good food (if you eat meat, make sure it doesn’t come from a tortured unhealthy drugged-up factory farm).

Enjoy these videos and images—they’re the best I’ve found. If I missed an image or video that should be included here, leave it in comments. If it gets a few up-arrows, I’ll add it in here.

Come Thou Fount of Every Blessing:

I am greatly impressed that Tantara Records, the copyright owners of this video (located on BYU campus) are alright with the video being posted. I would recommend everyone buy the DVD. It has some great music on it.

Available at The BYU Combined Choruses sing “Come, Thou Fount of Every Blessing” arranged by Mack Wilberg from the album “A Thanksgiving of American Folk Hymns” (© Tantara Records). I would encourage everyone to buy the DVD or CD, even if just for this song. You can get them at

Wednesday Addams teaches us the true meaning of Thanksgiving.

What are you thankful for?

Charlie Brown Thanksgiving:

Alice’s Restaurant (you can have anything you want—except Alice).

Macy’s Day Parade—from 1939!

Found 8mm footage of the 1939 Macy’s Thanksgiving Day Parade. Floats and balloons featuring: Pinocchio, Donald Duck, The Tin Man, The Scarecrow, Old King Cole, Uncle Sam, Gulliver, Acrobats, The Butcher, The Baker, and the Candlestick Maker, Santa, and more.

I captured this in HD as part of a music video project for The Demographic (a montage of a bunch of other great found film footage – ).
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Some history:

44 minutes of history:

Everyone knows the story of the first Thanksgiving, when a small group of Massachusetts’s settlers celebrated making it through the year by feasting with their Native-American neighbors. But the story of Thanksgiving goes back much further, to ancient harvest festivals, and the holiday has been transformed over time into today’s celebration marked by family, food and football. Discover how New York was the first state to officially declare a day of Thanksgiving, and how President Lincoln first made Thanksgiving a national holiday in 1863. Explore period accounts and art that bring Thanksgiving celebrations through the centuries to life, and find out the origins of traditions like the Macy’s parade.

The First Thanksgiving:

A Native American view:

More: Thanksgiving: a celebration of genocide.

Much more Thanksgiving coverage here.

Bonus: What is wrong with America? Stores now open on Thanksgiving at midnight? Desperate to buy, buy, buy!?


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3 Responses to “Best Thanksgiving blog ever.”

  1. annmarie g says:

    You should give credit for the dog photo to Peace and Paws Dog Rescue who took this photo shown. Thanks!!

  2. elephantjournal says:

    The photo came to us via Reddit, which is credited and linked. I'll be happy to add your link.

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