Is Thanksgiving a Christian Holiday?

Much like when we were children, we often live in the illusion that all households are like our own. No matter what you endured as a child, most of us thought that all our classmates faced the same thing.

As we grow older and discuss our childhood with friends, we find that this was just something that we assumed. Likewise, we often are under the impression that our workmates celebrate and see things the way we do.

So, when we think of Thanksgiving, we often think of Turkey and all the trimmings. We think of being with family. We think of football games and napping on the couch. But, do we actually think through what Thanksgiving is about.

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Now, I will not bore you with the history of the holiday, or with the fact that holiday derives from the word which means a holy day. But, what I want to ask is, if we are thankful, to whom are we giving thanks?

The very thought of instituting a day of thanks would imply that we were thankful to someone. George Washington stated that Almighty God was the one who had delivered our nation from British tyranny.

And this should make us think about what it means that our nation has a holiday called Thanksgiving. A day set aside to give thanks.

Aside from the fact that the giving of thanks insinuates One to thank for blessings, we also know that the Bible gives many examples of thanksgiving. It is the Christian mind that points to the good given to people by their Creator. It is the only Christian holiday that the Church has not allowed the pagan world to adulterate.

As you celebrate Thanksgiving today, remember that there is a God in Heaven to which you should be thankful for all you have.

We live for Christ’s sake, and for that we should be thankful.

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