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Warm wishes to my readers who are celebrating Thanksgiving on November 22!

The White House had the usual pardoning of the Thanksgiving turkey. Peas and Carrots had luxury accommodation while they awaited the verdict. What lovely birds:

The White House conducted a Twitter poll as to which one should be pardoned. What a lot of votes:

The Daily Caller‘s Benny Johnson noted that the Trump turkey pardons are popular with the media:

Once again, President Trump pardoned both turkeys:

He quipped that Carrots disputed the vote count:

The First Lady is wearing a Dior coat (photos at the link).

The US president also issued a Thanksgiving Day proclamation, excerpted below (emphases mine):

On Thanksgiving Day, we recall the courageous and inspiring journey of the Pilgrims who, nearly four centuries ago, ventured across the vast ocean to flee religious persecution and establish a home in the New World. They faced illness, harsh conditions, and uncertainty, as they trusted in God for a brighter future. The more than 100 Pilgrims who arrived at Plymouth, Massachusetts, on the Mayflower, instilled in our Nation a strong faith in God that continues to be a beacon of hope to all Americans. Thanksgiving Day is a time to pause and to reflect, with family and friends, on our heritage and the sacrifices of our forebearers who secured the blessings of liberty for an independent, free, and united country.

After surviving a frigid winter and achieving their first successful harvest in 1621, the Pilgrims set aside 3 days to feast and give thanks for God’s abundant mercy and blessings. Members of the Wampanoag tribe who had taught the Pilgrims how to farm in New England and helped them adjust and thrive in that new land shared in the bounty and celebration. In recognition of that historic event, President George Washington, in 1789, issued a proclamation declaring the first national day of thanksgiving. He called upon the people of the United States to unite in rendering unto God our sincere and humble gratitude “for his kind care and protection of the People of this Country” and “the favorable interpositions of his Providence.” President Abraham Lincoln revived this tradition as our fractured Nation endured the horrors of the Civil War. Ever since, we have set aside this day to give special thanks to God for the many blessings, gifts, and love he has bestowed on us and our country

We are especially reminded on Thanksgiving of how the virtue of gratitude enables us to recognize, even in adverse situations, the love of God in every person, every creature, and throughout nature. Let us be mindful of the reasons we are grateful for our lives, for those around us, and for our communities. We also commit to treating all with charity and mutual respect, spreading the spirit of Thanksgiving throughout our country and across the world.

Wherever Americans are celebrating Thanksgiving in the world, I hope that they have a day full of contemplative gratitude along with a delicious dinner shared with loving family and true friends.

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