I've never been a fan of Thanksgiving. Sure the “idea” was not lost on me to any great extent, but the problem is that I was raised knowing not only the American history and leaving it there. No, I was raised with the UK history as well, never content for half histories. And to be honest? The whole pilgrim thing? I would say it would have been better had the ships sunk.
It might be harsh to say, but then again, one needs to really, really understand the full scope of history to understand that these events started rolling with the War of the Roses, the end of the Tutor eras and the start of the Elizabethan era.
The people seeking religious freedom would have been noted as extremists even in their own insanely over zealous church period of time. And with them came some of the strictest, discriminating concepts that, from a world view still scar the U.S. today. It makes the holiday that much harder to enjoy on that level, but as they say, ignorance is bliss.