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Hold onto your hat, because we’re moving back in time to visit Thanksgiving Day milestones: the first Thanksgiving, Thanksgiving in the Revolutionary War, and Thanksgiving in the Civil War.

They’re all iconic moments but not quite the picturesque scenes you’d find in a Hallmark movie. Amid death, uncertainty, and difficulty, the people of America celebrated Thanksgiving. Even though giving thanks may not have been at the top of their to-do list.

Just like these early Americans, in difficult times, we have a choice to make when it comes to Thanksgiving. Will we give in to despair? Or will we give thanks?

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