Religion is a search for transcendence. But transcendence isn't necessarily sited in an external god which can be a very unspiritual unreligious concept.
Pride slays thanksgiving but a humble mind is the soil out of which thanks naturally grow. A proud man is seldom a grateful man for he never thinks he gets as much as he deserves.
The babe at first feeds upon the mother's bosom but it is always on her heart.
I have nothing against turkey. We eat turkey for Thanksgiving in my house.