Thanks to America's 16th President, Abraham Lincoln, Thanksgiving is a national holiday. Lincoln's Thanksgiving Proclamation of 1863 created a single, unifying celebration that encouraged families and friends to feast and enjoy the bountiful harvest of the year. Thanksgiving thus became a symbol of a united America.
Unlike what most people think, Thanksgiving is not just about eating a hearty meal. If you focus only on the food, Thanksgiving may seem like a food carnival. However, Thanksgiving carries a deeper message: the message of love. Love is the greatest equalizer that brings people of all classes and races together. The tradition of Thanksgiving becomes the unifying bond. One can gain spiritual lessons from Thanksgiving. Thanksgiving also inspires people to do charity work.