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A new tradition for Thanksgiving?

Wednesday, November 23rd, 2011

For the Fourth of July, many Americans read the Declaration of Independence before taking in the fireworks. Our friends at What So Proudly We Hail suggest a similar tradition for Thanksgiving Day: Why not discuss a classic American short story or a presidential Thanksgiving proclamation this holiday (or better yet, both) around the dinner table?

To help get the conversation started, the editors recommend O. Henry’s “Two Thanksgiving Gentlemen” and George Washington’s Thanksgiving Proclamation of 1789. (They note that Washington’s proclamation, in particular, is short enough for a dramatic reading before dinner.) Some possible discussion question for each text are available at WhatSoProudlyWeHail.org. Happy Thanksgiving!