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"All Thanksgiving Cheer Be Thine"

With just a few weeks before Thanksgiving, I thought that I’d do a quick internet search to see what I could find when I entered “Shakespeare and Thanksgiving” into the search box.  Wow! An incredible number of resources popped up on my screen.  The American Shakespeare Center has a page of responses sent in by friends of their Facebook page that make up their “Top Ten” favorite things to say at Thanksgiving, including references to The Taming of the Shrew, The Merry Wives of Windsor, Othello, The Tempest, Antony and Cleopatra, Much Ado About Nothing and Twelfth Night.  It’s great fun to read them. You should check them out.  And, while  I expected to find some quotes, I didn’t expect to find that I could even purchase a Winsch postcard that contains a quote from Shakespeare, “Now, good digestion wait on appetite/And health on both”  (Macbeth, 3.4.43-4).  If I created my own “Top Ten” list of my favorite references to Shakespeare and Thanksgiving, the one I found on JibJab.com would rank at the top.  It is just hilarious.  I suspect, however, that we could create a “Top Ten” list of our own, so readers, what’s your favorite reference to Shakespeare and Thanksgiving that you’ve found on the internet?

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  • As my wife cooks for the combination of our families, I’m sure her Shakespeare Thanksgiving quote would echo Beatrice in MAAN, ‘Against my will I am sent to bid you come in to dinner.’

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