By the President of the United States of America.
In testimony whereof, I have hereunto set my hand and caused the Seal of the United
States to be affixed.
Done at the City of Washington, this Third day of October, in the year of our Lord one thousand eight hundred and sixty-three, and of the Independence of the Unites States the Eighty-eighth.
By the President: Abraham Lincoln
William H. Seward,
Secretary of State
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This used to be a solemn holiday. A day for the gathering of the family, Mother or Grandmother
Today it is a day for watching football on the Big Screen TV, attempt to cook a turkey, and stand outside in all kinds of weather to get the best deals at midnight.
It is the celebration of the Maccabees saving the native population from the evil Pilgrims. After a lengthy struggle, the Maccabees (and their native allies) were victorious and celebrated with an 8 day feast.
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Not exactly true, but it is a fun story to tell.