While I don't care much about Columbus Day (except that there's no school, which when my kids were younger was a pain), I do like Thanksgiving.
Let Lincoln's words lead us back to remembering that this is a day of humility and healing, not of seeking bargains before the sun has set.
The nation will be gathering for a day set aside for turkey eating and football. But underneath the merriment is a false history that is also celebrated.
My mother and stepfather live in Festus, Mo. They are working class folks.
Thanksgiving is a grand American holiday: secular, focused on family, food, friends, celebrating and giving.