Monday, November 22, 2010

Thanksgiving: The Forgotten Holiday?

“Thanksgiving Day is a jewel, to set in the hearts of honest men; but be careful that you do not take the day, and leave out the gratitude.” ~E.P. Powell

Thanksgiving: a day of gluttony, around the clock football, and the eve of the biggest shopping day of the year…

Wait! That doesn’t sound right, does it?

Is it me, or does it seem that our modern society is putting materialism before spiritualism again? They are so good at making holidays about something other than what they were originally created for.

It’s sad to hear only the talk of what we’re putting on the dinner table, what we’re watching on the television, and what were buying in the stores. I’ve even heard people refer to Thanksgiving as a day to celebrate the murderous pilgrims and the plight of the Native American. I am not excusing the Trail of Tears and the transgressions against this land's indigenous people, but that wasn't what Thanksgiving was about at all.

Does all this chatter get you down, or am I simply a naïve woman who prefers to see Thanksgiving as two things and two things alone? Making time for your loved ones and giving thanks…

When I think about the fourth Thursday in November, I smile because it’s a day to commemorate our heritage and the sacrifices of our ancestors who had a hand in constructing this great nation. And what’s better than to celebrate those things than by looking around, taking stock of all our blessings, and thanking God them?

Whatever prism you view Thanksgiving through, I pray that despite the ups and downs you experienced in 2010, you have a handful of blessing and some amazing people to spend November 25th with. And though our nation’s history is a marred one, I hope you are able to find the goodness that is worthy to celebrate. No nation across the face of the planet has ever been freer, and we can all be thankful for that.

Have a wonderful Thanksgiving holiday with your loved ones and raise a glass to the blessings. There is much thanks to be offered up "... for each new morning with its light, for rest and shelter of the night, for health and food, for love and friends, for everything [His] goodness sends" (Ralph Waldo Emerson).

3 comments:

  1. One of the things I am grateful for is having the freedom to read your words of inspiration! Glad you are back and have a joyous Thanksgiving!

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  2. I really love this post. Just this morning my mom and I did the grocery shopping for the things that we are making for our family Thanksgiving. For my mom and I, it wasn't "we have to get the sweet potatoes and apples" it was "I can't wait to make the apple cupcakes for the kids to eat."
    It really deeply bothers me that even a week before Thanksgiving has even come, CHRISTMAS decorations are up. This is my favorite time of year because I look forward to spending time with my family, not that it's a "prelude" to the next holiday.

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  3. So true. If we don't remember where we come from and the spiritual principles of this country, we will drift away from it. I am sad to say it, but if we continue down our path we're on now, America could go down in history as the only truly free country that willingly gave it away. Let's remember our roots this Thanksgiving, and let's turn to God rather than judgement, hatred, and materialism.

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