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Thanksgiving is quickly approaching, which means it's time for turkey, mashed potatoes, and potentially heated discussions about politics with relatives. What fun, right? 

The holiday itself is a controversial topic, largely because of the many myths and misconceptions that surround the annual food extravaganza. You've probably heard the story: The Pilgrims landed at Plymouth Rock but had no idea how to survive in the New World. Fortunately, local Native Americans showed them the ropes, and they all became friends and celebrated with what is now known as the Thanksgiving feast. 

But, real talk, that isn't exactly how it all went down. 

We're just as shocked as you are.

But at least we have the food to look forward to.

Before you break bread at the dinner table, let's take a minute to review the real history behind Thanksgiving. (Hint: It doesn't have anything to do with a turkey.)

According to National Geographic, "There’s in fact very little historical record of the first Thanksgiving." 

For starters, the Pilgrims did not land at Plymouth Rock in 1620. The first written mention of Plymouth Rock was in 1835, National Geographic reports.

And the year before the first Thanksgiving, the Pilgrims had stolen corn from Native American graves and storehouses because they didn't know how to farm successfully in the New World.

Plus, the Pilgrims could only settle at Plymouth because a few years earlier, thousands of Native Americans had been killed by a mysterious epidemic.

Tisquantum, aka Squanto in most Thanksgiving stories, really went above and beyond for the Pilgrims. According to The New York Times, he taught them how to farm and helped with translation. But he was eventually captured by the English and sold into slavery.

And the holiday wasn't even made official until 1863, when President Abraham Lincoln declared it as a day of gratitude during the middle of the Civil War.

Crazier still: The Pilgrims never called themselves Pilgrims, reports The New York Times. The term Pilgrims didn’t even become a thing until the late 19th century.

So, to sum up, virtually everything you've been told about Thanksgiving is a total lie.

But that doesn't mean you can't enjoy the delicious food and the wonderful (and much-needed) reminder that we can break bread with communities who are different than us.

So this Thanksgiving, be grateful, make your own meaning, but also KNOW THE TRUTH.