Illustration depicting the Pilgrims serving food to American Indians at the first Thanksgiving dinner in 1621.
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By Diane Tsai
November 26, 2014

If not for some fortunate circumstances, Thanksgiving could have been a holiday of fasting — rather than feasting — every fourth Thursday of November. And though it’s a well-cherished occasion today, it was met with some disapproval in past centuries.

In the video above, we present you with a few facts about the history of Thanksgiving that just might give you a few more things to be thankful for this season.

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