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Thanksgiving has lost most of its original meaning Originally it was the day we celebrated the goodness that the Native American Indians shared with the original New Englanders the day they arrived But now it has become just a stepping-stone for Christmas It was not so long ago when my family would get together and plan what we would bring whom we were to invite and what types food we wanted to serve that day We affectionately called this holiday the American Thanksgiving since my parents didnt think of themselves as Americans being immigrants from the Philippines only used this time to bring the family closer together This holiday has real meaning they say and thats why we celebrate it It brought us closer together as a family On those past days we forgot all our misgivings toward one another and just had a good time telling stories and eating good food The best part of our Thanksgiving gatherings was the food The aroma of the sweet smelling apple pie hovering over my head brings me back to a time when this day meant more I remember one Thanksgiving in particular when my mother who cooked a masterfully prepared meal forgot one of the ingredients for her stuffing and wasnt able to get it because all the stores had been closed The meaning of this day has changed Now every store capitalizes on this holiday and brands it as the first shopping day of Christmas The incarnation of this holiday is as transparent as the betrayal of the New Englanders towards the Native Americans who first settled here Since the time of the first Thanksgiving many things have changed The New Englanders formed a union of colonies now known as the United States and have taken over the land which the original Native Americans ruled just 200 years before The Native Americans adhered to their customs and didnt believe that anyone had
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