SOUTH MISSISSIPPI (WLOX) - In 1621 the Pilgrims of Plymouth Colony and the native American Indians celebrated the first Thanksgiving. Since then, we have latched onto everything associated with that day.
We have 33 places named Plymouth, four places called Turkey Creek and we even call seven places Cranberry.
Thanksgiving is big business. We have an annual trade deficit of $19 million importing live turkeys from Canada. And for another Thanksgiving staple, sweet potatoes, we have a $126 million annual trade surplus. Then there's all the money 48 million people will spend traveling.
We would like to think that even with all the business of Thanksgiving that it still represents what is good in America. A time for families and friends to gather for fellowship and to give thanks, for the 396th year, and counting.
That's our opinion, we would like to hear yours. Email your thoughts to firstname.lastname@example.org.
WLOX-TV General Manager