Here I am, surrounded by family, smelling the ritual foods cooking, and beginning my thankful day. One can be thankful without a formal, giving deity, after all, just as one can be moral without the threat of eternal punishment. (That could be a theme for another time.)
In my last post, I talked about the long history that led up to this beautiful day of enjoyment of food and relationships. The result of evolving this holiday from a celebration of gratitude to the Pilgrims' demanding and fanatical god to a celebration of our excellent society is my favorite holiday.