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In the Promised Land

Having become an American citizen two year ago, after ten years of administrative procedures, I find myself confronted with the final step: celebrating Thanksgiving. Not to honor the fourth Thursday of November would not be very American. It would be entirely un-American.

Forget the green cards, the passports and the right to vote. Surely Thanksgiving is the one, true consecration of integration into the United States? It certainly is in cultural and spiritual terms. The fact that Thanksgiving is the only celebration respected by all, regardless of language, culture and religion, serves as ample proof. It is the only day of the year when the American nation puts its differences aside, and comes together. Gathered around the table for a meal that begins in the mid-afternoon — quite peculiar for a French [...]

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