Of course I know many religions and non religions celebrate Thanksgiving but I always think of it as a Christian holiday and just wonder what others think.
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Yes all may celebrate it I don't argue that but who do the ones who give thanks give thanks to? Who did the first ones give it to?
Being thankful doesn't have to involve a supreme being. We could be thankful to our friends, family, and community.
No I won't argue you on that; but it wasn't the question.
True; but giving thanks is usually to a higher power & in America early days there were not all the religions of today but in fact it was an escape to this new world to worship Christ. I did an article on the earliest being Moravian. Even the Boo
No disrespect intended, Jackie, but that is a very eurocentric point of view. Not all cultures give thanks to deities.
None taken but I disagree with eurocentric? Thanksgiving was 1st an American holiday if others around the world have picked it up that is wonderful but I believe it was began by Christians no matter who decided it to be a tradition or celebrates it.
At least among Eastern Woodlands First Peoples (my ancestors), thanksgiving has been observed every month for over 10,000 years to thank The Creator. Larger pow wows held at harvest time and spring, but all months thank God and solidify community.
Thank you Patty; my maternal grandfather was half Indian and looked full but I have such a mixture in my veins I can lay claim to none entirely but I certainly know together these Indians and pilgrims did thank the same God; Who God was to them.
I believe Christians were the first to celebrate it (or started it) but I don't suppose one has to be Christian to celebrate it.
Jackie, the only thing religious about it is being thankful for your food. Which, religiously, we should be everyday. I am certain you do know who we are thankful for, the generosity of the Native American when the pilgrims first came. Google it!
I am thankful to God, the same God you thank. If no one else want to thank Him then I am not saying they should. I am talking about the history of Thanksgiving. Was it based on giving thanks to God and of course it was! Ask God or google if you prefe
No and I don't blame them the way we are supporting illegals by the millions and have stuck the natives in a corner with not so much as a thank you so I certainly would not blame them for that at all. Nonetheless; we most are most thankful.
No the Natives were not Christian but they gave thanks to God; as did the pilgrims. Did they think it was the same God? In fact; was it? Who can say. Giving thanks; nonetheless, to a higher power.
As a descendant of those Natives, I say it is the same God, plus, He was thanked every month with celebration and still is after thousands of years.
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It would be for everyone for sure but it had a beginning and the ones who gave it the name were Christian.
Sure sounds like it and this nation was started for Christianity if I recall my history correctly being the reason we came here?
Plymouth - Christians, poorest-poor Eng. wanted gone, brought barrels of beer here; shot turkeys, kept in storage. 1 native invited , 98 others came w/ food. Diaries, Plimouth Plantation, prove. Native thanksgving monthly 10000 yrs, thanking Creator.
You know I just asked an innocent question knowing the answer in my heart of course but it certainly is wonderful dear sister of mine to have you bring in documentation! Of course I know your heart also knew before looking. But I thank you. Big hug.
Let us give thanks and praise to Him for all our many blessings. Hugs
So true; Thanksgiving is just a day we all do it and hopefully let Him take note how thankful we truly are!
There seems to be something special about Thanksgiving that one cannot explain, as so many gather together and reunite with family and being thankful for all of our blessings of freedom, family, and all the rest!
I wish that were true here. In my city of 1 Million, it's become more and more a day for shopping and movies.
Yes, Patty, that is sad about so many fighting to get the best deal and in a sometimes ugly manner. Where I live, it happens too, but it is priority to take time with family and give thanks to God for our many blessings, even traveling great distance
I can't imagine giving thanks if not to the Lord. Guess I never dreamed it was anything but.
You have made a beautiful comment Michael and so true. Peace to you and yours too!
Thanks Glen; I agree.
The Pilgrims were Christian basically escaping for religious freedom in this country America and many came to convert Indians in this land.