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  • What we're really talking about is a wonderful day set aside on the fourth Thursday of November when no one diets. I mean, why else would they call it Thanksgiving?

  • Over the river, and through the wood, / To grandfather's house we go; / The horse knows the way, / To carry the sleigh, / Through the white and drifted snow.

  • Over the river, and through the wood, / Now Grandmother's cap I spy! / Hurrah for the fun! Is the pudding done? / Hurrah for the pumpkin pie!

  • The turkeys that most Americans eat for Thanksgiving are turkeys — losers that are mass produced and bland.

    • Marian Burros,
    • "Tender But Bland Birds Flock to the Feast," in The New York Times ()
  • Thanksgiving is a typically American holiday. In spite of its religious form (giving thanks to God for a good harvest), its essential, secular meaning is a celebration of successful production. It is a producers' holiday. The lavish meal is a symbol of the fact that abundant consumption is the result and reward of production.

  • ... many of the guests will eventually leave the table to watch football on television, which would be a rudeness at any other occasion but is a relief at Thanksgiving and probably the only way to get those people to budge.

  • We recommend that no one eat more than two tons of turkey — that's what it would take to poison someone.

    • Elizabeth Whelan,
    • on the levels of toxins and carcinogens in holiday meals, in U.S. News & World Report ()
  • We toast Thanksgiving Day! / O Day of Cheer! / When first the bird is stuffed, / And, later, we're!

  • We dare not ask you bless our harvest feast / Till it is spread for poorest and for least. / We dare not bring our harvest gifts to you / Unless our hungry brothers share them too.

    • Lilian Cox,
    • "Harvest," in Monica Furlong, ed., Women Pray ()
  • ... invariably at the last minute somebody in the family unearthed a big bore who of course had no friends, no other place to go for Thanksgiving.

  • You think you have a handle on God, the Universe, and the Great White Light until you go home for Thanksgiving. In an hour, you realize how far you've got to go and who is the real turkey.

  • If I were ever to go mad it would be on Thanksgiving Day, that day of guilt and grace when the family hangs upon you like an ax over a sacrificial victim, like the oven's heat on that poor bird.

  • Thanksgiving dinner is truly a magical meal. It keeps reappearing for days.

  • Let's not be coy. Stuffing — not turkey, cranberries, sweet potatoes or pie — is what Thanksgiving is all about.

    • Suzanne Hamlin,
    • "The Proof Is in the Stuffing," in The New York Times ()