The Real Meaning of Thanksgiving is to give thanks to the birth of Free-Market Capitalism over Collectivism in all its forms (e.g. socialism, marxism, communism, etc.).
At first the new colonists had a "utopian" collectivist method of growing crops but because this method of "spreading the wealth" was determined an abject failure and that if they continued with this method, the collective would starve.
Realizing that another season like those that had just passed would mean the extinction of the entire community, the elders of the colony decided to try something radically different: the introduction of private property rights and the right of the individual families to keep the fruits of their own labor.
As Governor Bradford put it:
â€œAnd so assigned to every family a parcel of land, according to the proportion of their number for that end. . . .This had a very good success; for it made all hands very industrious, so as much more corn was planted then otherwise would have been by any means the Governor or any other could use, and saved him a great deal of trouble, and gave far better content. The women now went willingly into the field, and took their little-ones with them to set corn, which before would a ledge weakness, and inability; whom to have compelled would have been thought great tyranny and oppression.â€
The Plymouth Colony experienced a great bounty of food. Private ownership meant that there was now a close link between work and reward. Industry became the order of the day as the men and women in each family went to the fields on their separate private farms. When the harvest time came, not only did many families produce enough for their own needs, but they had surpluses that they could freely exchange with their neighbors for mutual benefit and improvement.
I hope you will find this to be important to share with your family ... and while you're at it...to the "Occupy Protestors" too.