This is a complicated national holiday with religious overtones, though they’re all too easily forgotten and are increasingly swallowed by the commercialization of Christmas, which is (of course) increasingly swallowed–if not altogether obliterated–by its own commercialization.
Here is this year’s presidential proclamation, to which I’m sure some will object (I’m not one of them). If you’re so inclined, you can find every previous presidential proclamation here. I especially commend to your attention Grover Cleveland‘s (among those not cited virtually every year).
So let us all pause to express our gratitude….