Happy Thanksgiving from the Community Team!

100 Blood Elf Death Knight
11/21/2012 08:28 PMPosted by Chmurka
Ha ha ha... now is my chance to post without being hounded by constant blue responses to my every single post and concern. Muahahaha

Maybe that's what they want you to think...
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90 Blood Elf Priest
Happy Thanksgiving to all of you! :)

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90 Pandaren Monk
Happy Thanksgiving Blizzard employes. Hope all of you have a great time!
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61 Human Death Knight

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90 Pandaren Warrior
It's just 3:36 AM for me, but Happy Thanksgiving everyone!

Enjoy your time with your families, and enjoy the food!
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100 Draenei Paladin
Most of us associate the holiday with happy Pilgrims and Indians sitting down to a big feast. And that did happen - once.

The story began in 1614 when a band of English explorers sailed home to England with a ship full of Patuxet Indians bound for slavery. They left behind smallpox which virtually wiped out those who had escaped. By the time the Pilgrims arrived in Massachusetts Bay they found only one living Patuxet Indian, a man named Squanto who had survived slavery in England and knew their language. He taught them to grow corn and to fish, and negotiated a peace treaty between the Pilgrims and the Wampanoag Nation. At the end of their first year, the Pilgrims held a great feast honoring Squanto and the Wampanoags.

But as word spread in England about the paradise to be found in the new world, religious zealots called Puritans began arriving by the boat load. Finding no fences around the land, they considered it to be in the public domain. Joined by other British settlers, they seized land, capturing strong young Natives for slaves and killing the rest. But the Pequot Nation had not agreed to the peace treaty Squanto had negotiated and they fought back. The Pequot War was one of the bloodiest Indian wars ever fought.

In 1637 near present day Groton, Connecticut, over 700 men, women and children of the Pequot Tribe had gathered for their annual Green Corn Festival which is our Thanksgiving celebration. In the predawn hours the sleeping Indians were surrounded by English and Dutch mercenaries who ordered them to come outside. Those who came out were shot or clubbed to death while the terrified women and children who huddled inside the longhouse were burned alive. The next day the governor of the Massachusetts Bay Colony declared "A Day Of Thanksgiving" because 700 unarmed men, women and children had been murdered.

Cheered by their "victory", the brave colonists and their Indian allies attacked village after village. Women and children over 14 were sold into slavery while the rest were murdered. Boats loaded with a many as 500 slaves regularly left the ports of New England. Bounties were paid for Indian scalps to encourage as many deaths as possible.

Following an especially successful raid against the Pequot in what is now Stamford, Connecticut, the churches announced a second day of "thanksgiving" to celebrate victory over the heathen savages. During the feasting, the hacked off heads of Natives were kicked through the streets like soccer balls. Even the friendly Wampanoag did not escape the madness. Their chief was beheaded, and his head impaled on a pole in Plymouth, Massachusetts -- where it remained on display for 24 years.

The killings became more and more frenzied, with days of thanksgiving feasts being held after each successful massacre. George Washington finally suggested that only one day of Thanksgiving per year be set aside instead of celebrating each and every massacre. Later Abraham Lincoln decreed Thanksgiving Day to be a legal national holiday during the Civil War -- on the same day he ordered troops to march against the starving Sioux in Minnesota.

This story doesn't have quite the same fuzzy feelings associated with it as the one where the Indians and Pilgrims are all sitting down together at the big feast. But we need to learn our true history so it won't ever be repeated. Next Thanksgiving, when you gather with your loved ones to Thank God for all your blessings, think about those people who only wanted to live their lives and raise their families. They, also took time out to say "thank you" to Creator for all their blessings.

Don't mean to be a spoil sport at all, just my two cents.

Happy Thanksgiving, you rotten spoil sport! :P
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85 Worgen Death Knight
Happy Thanksgiving everyone. Enjoy your day of meat and pie, perhaps even meat pie.
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90 Tauren Death Knight
Hope you all have a great feast blizzard and I hope you all have a happy thanksgiving as well. Football games/music the whole 9 yards :)
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87 Blood Elf Monk
11/22/2012 05:29 AMPosted by Fnor
Happy Thanksgiving Everyone!!
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100 Night Elf Druid
Happy thanksgiving everyone! Don't eat the moonkin!
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32 Goblin Rogue
11/22/2012 08:20 AMPosted by Lissanna
Happy thanksgiving everyone! Don't eat the moonkin!

lol...anyhow, Happy Turkey Day
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90 Tauren Druid
11/22/2012 08:20 AMPosted by Lissanna
Happy thanksgiving everyone! Don't eat the moonkin!

I couldn't agree more
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100 Gnome Warlock
Happy Thanksgiving to all WoW players and Blizzard employees!
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90 Human Mage
11/21/2012 02:57 PMPosted by Daxxarri
The Community team will have a reduced presence on the forums while we are spending time with our loved ones for the Thanksgiving holiday. The forums will still be moderated while we are gone and it will be back to business as usual on Monday, November 26. We hope you enjoy your time in Azeroth and we look forward to talking about World of Warcraft with you all when we return.

Happy Thanksgiving!!! Thanks for all u guys/gals do. God bless you and yours.
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90 Goblin Rogue
How dare you take time off to spend Thanksgiving with your families. Blasphemy.

Happy Thanksgiving Sirs and Sirettes!
Edited by Xaran on 11/22/2012 11:04 AM PST
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90 Draenei Death Knight
Happy Thanksgiving, Team Blizz... from one who is downunder
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90 Night Elf Druid
and a Happy Thanksgiving to you all and your families, may the day be "full" with love laughter, health and probably a few naps.
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