Is the American Thanksgiving Holiday…and giving thanks… going away?
Thanksgiving has always been a wonderful holiday for our family and friends. It is not only about the turkey, pumpkin pie, cranberry sauce and other good foods, but also about remembering how grateful we are to God for all our many blessings. I was shocked when I went to some local stores and asked about Thanksgiving decorations. I found one floor mat that said “Give Thanks” and a few Fall colored place mats. Two different, well-known stores said, ” We don’t order many Thanksgiving things because the public demand seems to be turning toward Halloween.”
The new special day is called “Black Friday”, when stores advertise great bargains and sales. Even this is not enough for stores have now begun to open not only on Friday, the day after Thanksgiving, but on Thursday, which is the day of Thanksgiving. Some people were asking “Why?!” Do employees not want to be with family on this national holiday? The answer was that a few stores tried it and found that the public came…even if it was on Thanksgiving.
I ask myself, “Are these examples of America turning away from God?” Some even call Thanksgiving the “National Nap Day …along with a full belly and football. Nothing wrong with tradition and a nap can be a great thing. Gathering around the TV to watch a football game has its place and is a great deal of fun to many families.
Stores that eliminate the theme of”Thanksgiving” in favor of Halloween is difficult to understand…unless we look at everything from a monetary viewpoint. It could also say something about our present-day values in America. This leads me to say to parents and family…”Put an emphasis on Thanksgiving….and before that first bite, ask those around the table to give one thing that they are really thankful for. Make it a real Thanksgiving meal.” Otherwise, we may be moving our pumpkin pie into bags for the “trick or treat” kids.
We at Boyer Writes pray for a wonderful Thanksgiving with your family and friends. Enjoy the football, nap, the food and remember to give thanks to the One Who has showered us with many blessings.
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