An Explanation for my British friends
Of course, I knew about Thanksgiving before I came to America. But I don't think us Brits fully understand its cultural significance, until we are here. The country just completely stops at Thanksgiving – like Britain does at Christmas. Thanksgiving is not treated as an excuse for shopping – though the day after, Black Friday, certainly is! Thanksgiving is generally a day for pausing, stopping all business and relaxing with family.
Of course, there is a lot of mythology and perhaps some mixed-up stuff to do with Thanksgiving. And maybe some people spend too much time worryig about getting the food exactly right. [Here's our heresy – we probably won't be eating turkey, because most of our family don't like it!] But it is lovely to have a day to spend with friends and family.
And it is a good idea to be thankful! The original colonists were thankful to God for the harvest, and that He got them through their first year in North America. Of course, we should be thankful to God every day, but it is helpful to us weak, forgetful human beings to be assigned a day when we especially remember to be thankful. God has given us so much. He has given us health and shelter and family and friends. Most of all, He has forgiven our sins through the work of Jesus Christ.
Happy Thanksgiving to all on both sides of the Atlantic.