Thanksgiving: A Brief Thanksgiving History Lesson

Let me preface this post with a brief disclaimer:

The following post is partially educational, partially religious and completely honest.  If any of the aforementioned do not sound like your cup of tea and you are not in the mood for a Thanksgiving history lesson, Happy Thanksgiving…enjoy your pumpkin pie.

Otherwise, continue reading at your own risk…

Lately, my daughter has been on a Pocahontas kick…(side note: Pocahontas was NOT at the first thanksgiving. Pocahontas died prior to the arrival of the Pilgrims in America and resided near the Jamestown colony and NOT Plymoth.)  I have watched Pocahontas (Disney) at least a dozen times in the last week.  It is currently her favorite movie/princess.  The constant watching and rewatching (and singing) has gotten me thinking about the settlers and the Indians and this whole Thanksgiving business.

The “first” Thanksgiving was a harvest festival to celebrate the new crops the English settlers has just grown.  Contrary to the cute little children’s stories, the Indians did not “bail out” the incompetent Englishmen with free food for the feast.  The Indians TAUGHT the Englishmen HOW to grow food and then stepped back and let them grow their own stinking crops.  It’s kind of like that old saying “If you give a man a fish you feed him for a day; if you teach a man to fish, you feed him for a lifetime”.  The Indians were not interested in being the White man’s welfare providers.  They wanted the white man to be self-sufficient.  They wanted to impart personal responsibility to the settlers…

Over the next couple hundred years…days of thanksgiving (that’s right plural…DAYS) were celebrated in the forming, developing and growing United States.  These days were focused on giving thanks to GOD for provision after times of struggle or drought for the American people.  During the Civil War, in an attempt to unify the country, Abraham Lincoln made Thanksgiving an official US holiday.  It was designated the fourth Thursday of November and has been so since (except for a brief stint when FDR tried to move it up a week to stimulate the economy…major fail).

Today we celebrate our Thanksgiving with feasts and charity and token thanks for all the things we have in our life.  Don’t get me wrong, being thankful is wonderful and charity is commendable…but tomorrow we will return to our busy lives and our country will still be in the same downward spiral…

Everyone talks about the real meaning of Christmas….how about the real meaning of Thanksgiving…we are a country founded on the principles of self-determination and devotion to God, whether anyone wants to believe that today or not.  We used to celebrate our self-reliance and the ability to use our natural resources.  Now we rely on foreign countries and waste our resources in environmental vanity.  We used to turn to our faith and praise God through struggles.  Now we blame the government or the rich and deny our Creator’s presence in the world.  We used to look for a hand up now we expect a hand out…

Today I am thankful for all the amazing people in my life, for my salvation and for the ability to pursue my dreams…I pray next Thanksgiving will bring us one step closer to that FIRST Thanksgiving.

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Holly Lasha

Holly Lasha

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