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Thanksgiving is as much about sitting around, stuffed, as it is giving thanks. It is one of the few non-religious holidays (in that it coincides with no specific religious rite or celebration) and has little patriotic connection as well. In recent years, it has been associated with the start of an intense Christmas shopping season, but the day itself, outside of a dinner, and the Macy’s parade, remains remarkably free of commercial contamination. So sit back and enjoy your day off. If you’ve been pressed into cooking service, I hope you’ll get your just desserts.
Here is an alternative look at the foods of this peculiar holiday: