Why should Christians participate in celebrating Thanksgiving Day?

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.

Sarah Hale was the editor of Godey’s Lady’s Book and the author of the children’s poem, “Mary Had A Little Lamb.”

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.

 She lobbied President Lincoln to issue a proclamation of the day as a national holiday. The letter is on-file in The Library of Congress and is on-line for those interested in reading.

May God be with each of you and bless you richly this Thanksgivings Day, November 24, 2016.




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