Origin of Thanksgiving Day,Thanksgiving Day Origin Pumpkin and Thanksgiving Feast
Pumpkin pie, a modern staple adorning every dinner table, is unlikely to have been a part of the first thanksgiving feast. Pilgrims however, did have boiled pumpkin. Diminishing supply of flour led to the absence of any kind of bread.
The feast continued for three days and was eaten outside due to lack of space. It was not repeated till 1623, which again witnessed a severe drought. Governor Bradford proclaimed another day of thanksgiving in the year 1676. October of 1777 witnessed a time when all the 13 colonies joined in a communal celebration. It also marked the victory over the British.
After a number of events and changes, President Lincoln proclaimed last Thursday in November of thanksgiving in the year 1863. This was due to the continuous efforts of Sarah Josepha Hale, a magazine editor. She wrote a number of articles for the cause.
"It ain't what they call you, it's what you answer to." - W. C. Fields
The only holiday we should eliminate is Christmas, because it privileges a particular religion. It can be replaced by the winter solstice, which is a multi cultural/religion celebration and close enough to Christmas for Christians to observe on that day. There is no factual, or even traditional basis for Christmas on December 25th.