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Editor's Notebook
Urban C. Lehner Editor Emeritus
Wed Nov 23, 2011 06:47 AM CST

Many years ago, in a moment of editorial exuberance, I referred to Thanksgiving as "this most American of holidays." Rereading that today, I wince. Under scrutiny, the superlative crumbles. Many countries dedicate a day to giving thanks. Other holidays have American origins. Surely our July 4th commemoration of national independence is more uniquely American.

What is "most American" about Thanksgiving is not the holiday itself but the way Americans celebrate it. The turkey, stuffing, sweet potatoes, mashed potatoes, cranberry sauce and pumpkin pie. The televised football. The parades. But especially, the turkey and fixings.

It is, when you think about ...

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