Thanksgiving, lies and other Holidays

Posted: November 22, 2010 in Holidays

For some reason it bothers me when I see people making comments and promoting the agenda that the Thanksgiving holiday celebration is a lie and that the truth rests on the fact, that what happened at the ‘first thanksgiving’ was the atrocious display of an abusive and barbarian blood-and-power-thirsty strategy of a group of settlers who came and stole the land, lives and privileges from the innocent, defenseless, indigenous group of people who inhabited America prior to the conquest.

But, What did really happen? What –if anything, could or should I do about it? Why does it bother me so much?

To start with the ‘what really happened’ question, after careful reading through the last few days about Thanksgiving, I am coming to the conclusion that, as in anything else, there is a variety of versions of ‘history’ that very likely have been in some degree ‘shaped’ by the author’s personal convictions and biases. Logic and imagination tell me at this point that the chances of the settlers having a big happy meal time with the Indians is very unlikely –at least in the way my kids are taught at school. I’m sure they were some good settlers and less good settlers all the way down to ‘bad’ ones who killed Indians and took over their land.

So what? What do I do? It appears that some so called pilgrims did kill Indians? So what? It is history; it wasn’t me who did it. Here I am with my kids 400 years later as inhabitants of this great nation of which, like any other nation, there are great stories and not so great ones. Do I tell the truth to my kids about what happened? What would I accomplish? What great lesson would I teach them if I told them so? And even for adults, what good or bad comes from making so much emphasis on what really happened? Should we also be so radical about telling and announcing the historical fact of the lack of Biblical basis for the Christmas celebration on December? Or the mixes between pagan and religious traditions when it comes to Easter? Should we proclaim to every kids that Santa is actually not real and the bunny and so on? Perhaps so.

And, why does it bother me so much? Because it somehow clouds the good intentions of the ones who honestly want to celebrate such holidays for the right reasons.

A good friend of mine and I, have this sort-of inside joke. Often when we see each other, we say: “Happy Birthday”, every week, every month… people, around ask, “is this your Birthday”?, I answer: “Not really, we are just joking”. However, if I wanted to celebrate Tony’s birthday (anytime of the year) and took him out to Texas Road House and paid for a big Tenderloin Steak for him, would he appreciate it? CERTAINLY! It doesn’t matter the day, it is the thought that counts

Same thing with Easter, Christmas and Thanksgiving. We all know there are less than accurate facts about these holidays (As far as some of the details are concerned), but, why not to use these as legitimate excuses to do what is good; to celebrate , that Jesus died for our sins and rose again to prove He was the son of God; that Jesus came to the world and made himself a man, a little baby, to one day grow up and defeat our archenemy; or to thank God for all of His blessings upon our families and nation. That is what Thanksgiving for me is all about:

Excerpts from “The proclamation” that sets the precedent for America’s national day of Thanksgiving issued by the President of the United States of America in 1863, Abraham Lincoln:

“… To these bounties, which are so constantly enjoyed that we are prone to forget the source from which they come, others have been added, … to the ever watchful providence of Almighty God. …peace has been preserved with all nations, order has been maintained, the laws have been respected and obeyed, and harmony has prevailed … … is permitted to expect continuance of years with large increase of freedom. No human counsel hath devised nor hath any mortal hand worked out these great things. They are the gracious gifts of the Most High God, who, while dealing with us in anger for our sins, hath nevertheless remembered mercy..”.

“It has seemed to me fit and proper that they should be solemnly, reverently and gratefully acknowledged as with one heart and one voice by the whole American People. … to set apart and observe the last Thursday of November next, as a day of Thanksgiving and Praise to our beneficent Father who dwelleth in the Heavens. …, with humble penitence for our national perverseness and disobedience, commend to His tender care all those who have become widows, orphans, mourners or sufferers in the lamentable civil strife …

Psalm 50: 14 Offer to God thanksgiving, … Call upon Me in the day of trouble; I will deliver you, and you shall glorify Me.”

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  2. Michelle says:

    Very well put.

  3. Reblogged this on Thoughts with accent and commented:

    Bad pilgrims or good pilgrims? How does that affect my Thanksgiving today?

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