Born again Christians celebrate Thanksgiving for a number of reasons. Here are a few along with the true history of this national holiday. While the Pilgrims had begun the custom, it was not established as a national holiday until 1863.
- Thanksgiving is not a pagan holiday (see below).
- On the first Thanksgiving in 1622, Pilgrims gave thanks to God as we see in an excerpt from this letter: “Our corn [i.e. wheat] did prove well, and God be praised, we had a good increase of Indian corn, and our barley indifferent good, but our peas not worth the gathering, for we feared they were too late sown…”
- The Bible teaches that we are to give thanks to God. Ephesians 5:4, Colossians 2:7, Isaiah 51:3, Psalm 50:14
- Jesus celebrated the holidays that were customs during His lifetime.
Thanksgiving is a national holiday due to the efforts of a woman named Sarah Hale.
She promoted the idea of Thanksgiving as a national holiday to unify the nation in the time of the Civil War and wrote about the proposal in her magazine.
May God be with each of you and bless you richly this Thanksgivings Day, November 24, 2016.