When dealing with foreigners, Americans have a particular problem to overcome that we share only with the British: from watching tv and the movies, people who have never been here think they know all about the place. They think that underemployed 20 year olds in New York City have two-bedroom, two bath apartments on Central Park; they think that gunfights break out two or three times during our morning commute; and they think we're always eating. (That's apparently the take-away for Indians watching Seinfeld, which, fair enough.)
Of course, anyone who has ever watched a tv show or movie supposedly about something the watcher actually knows about, like working in an office or practicing law or parking a car in Manhattan, knows that tv has no connection to what really goes on because (a) if it did, it would be just as boring and frustrating as those things actually are; (b) tv writers are hired directly out of Harvard and don't actually have any real life experience.
Thanksgiving is the one great exception to this rule. Thanksgiving has been presented on large and small screens 10,000 times, and each time has been exactly accurate. We travel great distances to eat together, around a large table heaping with food, and argue and laugh and love. And even those who aren't blessed with family and feasts know exactly what they'd be doing if they were.
Every year when late November rolls around, Peter and Brit make cracks about how Thanksgiving is just second Christmas. This shows that they understand American Thanksgiving, but misunderstand American Christmas. Christmas in the states is nothing like what is shown on tv or in the movies, even in snowy New England villages. In practice, Christmas is a minor secular holiday that happens to fall during school vacation. Thanksgiving is the high holiday of our national religion.
To your and yours, a happy, safe and healthy Thanksgiving.