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What are you most thankful for this Thanksgiving?

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By: Jenn Schanz
jschanz@klkntv.com

For hundreds of years, Thanksgiving has been a uniquely American tradition of friends, family, and lots of food.

But it's also a day to be grateful.

We asked you what you're most thankful this year. Here's what we heard:

"I'm thankful for good friends, good food, good books, good espresso, and good beer."

"I 'm thankful for friends and family this year.

"Family."

Some are looking forward to a family dinner in their hometown, while others have traveled from far away to be close to loved ones. Barbara Campbell and her husband came all the way from England to enjoy the holiday with their son and daughter-in-law.

"We're thankful for being here for thanksgiving because this is the very first thanksgiving we've celebrated," Campbell says.

Now aside from friends and family, for many of us, it's the home cooked meal that brings us to the table:

"Sweet potatoes absolutely...with marshmallows on them."

"Pumpkin pie with lots of whipped cream."

"Mashed potatoes."

"My mom's dressing...its awesome!"

But your favorite dishes likely weren't at the table on the first Thanksgiving.

Back in 1621...the Pilgrims and Native Americans enjoyed a spread of duck, venison, eel, corn, shellfish, clams, and pigeon.

They may have had turkey too, but it certainly wasn't the centerpiece it is today. They also celebrated for three days straight.

The Thanksgiving we know today didn't become an American staple until 1863, when President Lincoln declared it an official holiday.

But whether your turkey day traditions are years old, or it's your first Thanksgiving ever, you're bound to end the day full of food, and full of thanks.

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