Alex Massie

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Sasha Obama, the daughter of U.S. President Barack Obama, looks at a turkey named 'Courage' during an event to pardon the 20-week-old and 45-pound turkey at the White House November 25, 2009 in Washington, DC. The Presidential pardon of a turkey has been a long time Thanksgiving tradition that dates back to the Harry Truman administration. Photo: Alex Wong/Getty Images.

A Happy Thanksgiving to all my American friends and readers. Thanksgiving is, I think, the best of all American holidays. It's like what Christmas might be if it weren't for all the hassle and the vast expense of it all. Nor, blessedly does it have any of the enforced jollity and back-slapping of New Year as all concerned try and turn what should be a moment of melancholy regret and even anguish into a cock-eyed triumph of inebriated optimism. And because it is a personal, familial holiday, there is none of the tub-thumping, Sousa-soaked patriotism of July 4th.

Each of these other holidays doubtless has their place, but Thanksgiving and its essential homely simplicity is the best of the bunch by far. So happy Turkey Day, my American pals. May you eat too much, avoid family arguments and enjoy, if it's actually possible to do so, the Detroit Lions game...

Written byAlex Massie

Alex Massie is Scotland Editor of The Spectator. He also writes a column for The Times and is a regular contributor to the Scottish Daily Mail, The Scotsman and other publications.

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