Thanksgiving – The American Non-Holiday

I have notice a very big lack of Thanksgiving focus in the community and in the stores. I’ve been shopping a little more than usual because Walmart has had some good sales on turkey’s and sweet potatoes. Also this is birthday season at our house! We have five birthdays in our family between Thanksgiving and New Years.

But what I’ve noticed is that as soon as Halloween was over out came all the Christmas supplies. Now granted there may be a small amount of Thanksgiving decorations but overall the Christmas decorations overwhelm any Thanksgiving supplies. Whatever happened to waiting until after Thanksgiving to focus on Christmas?

Used to around here cities wouldn’t put up lights until the Friday after Thanksgiving. But we noticed the Christmas lights being up right after Halloween. Many homes are already decorated for Christmas with their large light displays. The stores have been having early “Black Friday” Sales all week. Several stores have even said they will be open on Thanksgiving for shopping.

Why is Thanksgiving being ignored? Thanksgiving is specifically a national holiday and commemorates an early event in our Nation’s history. So why has it been pushed aside for the “bigger” holidays of Halloween and Christmas?

Here is my thought.

Thanksgiving is not valued because the holiday and even the name stress thankfulness.

Who can an atheist thank?

Who can an agnostic thank?

If there is no one to thank, than why even pretend to celebrate a holiday that is uncomfortable to consider?

But you know what is even worse; many who say they are Christians aren’t thanking the Lord for taking care of them. They have worked hard and provided for themselves. The Lord according to them didn’t have anything to do with it.

Thanksgiving is the one holiday we are commanded to celebrate, there is no command for Easter or Christmas.

Psalms 26:7 … proclaiming thanksgiving aloud, and telling all your wondrous deeds. ESV

Psalms 69:30 I will praise the name of God with a song; I will magnify him with thanksgiving. ESV

Psalms 95:2 Let us come into his presence with thanksgiving; let us make a joyful noise to him with songs of praise! ESV

Ephesians 5:4 Let there be no filthiness nor foolish talk nor crude joking, which are out of place, but instead let there be thanksgiving. ESV

Philippians 4:4-6
4 Rejoice in the Lord always; again I will say, Rejoice.
5 Let your reasonableness be known to everyone. The Lord is at hand;
6 do not be anxious about anything, but in everything by prayer and supplication with thanksgiving let your requests be made known to God.
ESV

Colossians 4:2 Continue steadfastly in prayer, being watchful in it with thanksgiving. ESV

1 Timothy 4:4-5
4 For everything created by God is good, and nothing is to be rejected if it is received with thanksgiving,
5 for it is made holy by the word of God and prayer
. ESV

Let us not forget the holiday that is commanded by the Lord to be celebrated everyday.


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