It began innocently enough as a national day of thanks, meant to help unify the United States around the time of the American Civil War. But then little Indian stories were added on. And then football and beer were added. Then came “Black Friday” frenzy to further adulterate the mix. And now, with the additional ingredient of psychic election divisions within the nation, the original day of thanks has become a Thanksgiving of horror!
Thus reads the description for my latest video, “Thanksgiving Of Horror”, published to YouTube on November 23, 2016. The clip, which clocks in at 5 minutes and 59 seconds, can hopefully be viewed at the top of today’s blog entry.
The day was meant to help unify the nation. In the increasingly divisive years leading up to the American Civil War, Sarah Josepha Hale had promoted the idea of a national day of thanksgiving. Then, on October 3, 1863, President Abraham Lincoln proclaimed the last Thursday in November to be a national day of thanks. 
Later, after Lincoln’s proclamation, an Indians and Pilgrims story got added on. People began to think that “Thanksgiving was about the Pilgrims being saved from starvation and deprivation by the Indians, and learning to grow food and thanking the Indians for saving us…” 
“Everybody was taught this, but it’s not true.” 
From the false narrative about kind-hearted Indians sitting down for a meal with the Pilgrims, a custom of stuffing yourself full on Thanksgiving developed. Later, beer and football were added to the Thanksgiving tradition. Then came the frenzy of “Black Friday” Christmas shopping.
The country has gone crazy! From what had been a simple day of thanks, gluttony, bleary-eyed beeriness, and consumer culture were tacked on until Thanksgiving became a day of madness.
In the years leading up to the American Civil War, there had been deep psychic divisions within the United States. And now, here we go again: Subsequent to the surprise election of Donald Trump, deep psychic divisions have erupted. Some are advising that, at family gatherings, a wall of safety be erected whereby political discussion is off-limits.
But then the horror begins when little breaches appear in the wall. A family member can’t resist making a witty remark which incidentally denigrates one political side. After a pause, another family member retorts with “a funny little story” which incidentally pokes fun at the other political side. The wall erodes, and in awhile the knives have come out! It has become even more of a Thanksgiving of horror!
After this blood feast of consumerism, gluttony, and vicarious gladiator-ism, the family members depart, churning inside about the things said at the gathering. And thus the madness spreads, and is disseminated at the workplace and in the “news” come Monday morning.
——- Sources ——-
 “Civil War Thanksgiving”, Ersjdamoo’s Blog, November 20, 2016. https://ersjdamoo.wordpress.com/2016/11/20/civil-war-thanksgiving/
 “The True Story of Thanksgiving”, Rush Limbaugh transcript, November 23, 2016. http://www.rushlimbaugh.com/daily/2016/11/23/the_true_story_of_thanksgiving