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IS THANKSGIVING A PAGAN HOLIDAY?
By James Trimm


The Pilgrims were a splinter group from the fringes of the Puritan movement. Many of them were leaving a Britain which was too politically difficult for them, to start a “perfect” new world.

The first feast lasted three days when thay celebrated their first harvest in 1621,which, thanks to a little help from their native American friends, was abundant.

Thanksgiving as a “holiday” comes from a cross between a conventional harvest festival and the belief of the Pilgrim Fathers when, after serious hardship which had whittled their numbers down from 105 to 43, they finally realized their settlement was going to make it.

Thanksgiving was influenced in part by the English and continental European Harvest festivals popular in the Puritan movement, with churches decorated with cornucopias, pumpkins, corn, wheat sheaves, and other harvest bounty, English and European harvest hymns sung on Thanksgiving weekend and scriptural lections drawn from the biblical stories relating to the Jewish harvest festival of Sukkot.

President Abraham Lincoln proclaimed a national Thanksgiving Day, to be celebrated on the final Thursday in November 1863. U.S. Presidents annually declared a Thanksgiving Day each year on the final Thursday of November. In 1938 F.D.R. broke with this tradition, moving Thanksgiving to the next-to-last Thursday in November.

On October 6, 1941 the U.S. Legislature passed a joint resolution setting this last-Thursday date for the holiday beginning in 1942. But, in December of that year the Senate passed an amendment requiring that Thanksgiving be observed each year on the fourth Thursday of November (This was sometimes the last Thursday and sometimes the next to last). On December 26, 1941 F.D.R. signed the bill into law, for the first time making the date of Thanksgiving a matter of federal law.

Thanksgiving is not of pagan origin, it originates from the Puritan pilgrims who were influenced by the biblical harvest festival of Sukkot.

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Comment by T. J. (Mordecai) Mitchell on November 2, 2012 at 12:53pm

WHERE'S the Thanks?

WOW! Hot topic, eh? One thing that bothers me is not really whether or not T-Day is "pagan" but rather how people react to the day. I personally know of about a dozen or so famlies (most of them related to me in one way or another) that will sit down to a "Thanksgiving Day" meal and never offer one single word of "thanks" to our creator, sustainer and provider. I've seen people just start stuffing food down their craws, eating like a bunch of hungry pigs at a fresh garbage dump and never even think of offering a prayer of thanks. In years past when we ate a "Thanksgiving" meal with various family members, and I suggested that we first pray, they seemed annoyed but nevertheless, "tolerated" my prayer for a brief minute or so. Where's the thanks(giving)   

Comment by David L Johnson on November 2, 2012 at 7:37pm

I really don't understand why this has become such a hot  topic, as has already be stated. DR Trimm puts out very thought out information, from what I have seen; like Dael, I agree with much of it, but not all.  I find that the road to truth, is one less traveled down.  I find that God normally lets us work things out in our own minds and time, including our own salvation. The road takes time to travel, it takes work and sacrafice, before he reals it; if God handed us everything right off, how would we develop the mind, spirit and strength to of service and like him.

 

If the comment was about, saying Jews are stiff necked, I did not say that all Jews and those of the other tribes of Isreal were all stiff necked, but that the tency does exist. It is a two edge sword, it can create in some a greater desire to follow God, or the opposite. Those qualities from what I have observed, are what made Father Abraham and Jacob great men of God. I feel that God knew the negative atribute of the quaity, and that had it benifits, Isreal was scattered many times, to bless most  of earth with this choosen linage and blood.

I have ADD, finally realized that just over a year ago, but I find it has helped me, far more then it has hindered me. I am able to see and understand things because of it, and with the Spirit, that most I know do not. Many of the greatest minds, who invented much of what we have today, along with the art and music, have been from those who have had ADD or etc. I consider handicaps a blessing, not a curse; Blessed  is he who  loves the Lord  bears his chastisements.

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