Thanksgiving in 2012 pales in comparion to its humble beginnings and how it was celebrated in the early days.
Today, we go over the river and through the woods to grandmother's house for dinner, but we also spend the day shopping.
That's because more and more retailers are givng thanks to you having the day off and are opening their doors for Christmas shooppers.
How did Thanksgiving Day get started? According to History.com, in 1621, the Plymouth colonists and Wampanoag Indians shared an autumn harvest feast that is acknowledged today as one of the first Thanksgiving celebrations in the colonies.
For more than two centuries, days of thanksgiving were celebrated by individual colonies and states. It wasn't until 1863, in the midst of the Civil War, that President Abraham Lincoln proclaimed a national Thanksgiving Day to be held each November.
Click on the History of Thanksgiving to learn more.
There is also the argument that Thanksgiving Day didn't start in America. Check this story out.