I have many fond memories of Thanksgiving both as a child and an adult. In school, they taught us that it was a day that the Indians and the Pilgrims ate together for the first Thanksgiving dinner in 1621. It was a time for family, football, delicious food, and days off from work and school. I would look forward to turkey, stuffing, candied yams, cranberry sauce, greens, macaroni and cheese, sweet potato pie, and some type of cake. All of the smells filling up the house …
This was all good until I learned the true meaning of Thanksgiving. I haven’t celebrated Thanksgiving in 5 years. It was a day of genocide for the North American Indians. They are actually Hebrew Israelites from the tribe of Gad that wore traditional Hebrew Israelite clothing with fringes (Num. 15:38-40). The celebration was the killing of them. “Many celebrated by kicking several heads…through the streets like soccer balls”.
You may be wondering the reason that this happened. Well, the treatment of the Gad tribe goes back to curses that are mentioned in the Bible. Because the Hebrew Israelites did not follow the laws, statues, and commmandments of the Most High God, they were subject to certain curses (Deut. 28:15-68). These curses are still continuing today.
One can say that the day is about family, but you can celebrate family ANY and EVERYDAY of the year. In Christianity, they teach that it’s okay to celebrate these pagan holidays; however, if you read your Bible, you’ll know that the Most High God HATES those feast days (Amos 5:21-22). He gave us Feast days to celebrate (Lev. 23). We, as a people, get so caught up in tradition (Col. 2:8). We continue these traditions because they were taught to us, even if it’s wrong. Some of us will spend TOO MUCH money in preparation for this one day. Businesses have to make their money, too. Another argument is that you can feed those that are less fortunate. Again, the homeless need our help throughout the year.
Even if you don’t want to look at the spiritual aspect of this, genocide of a people or turkeys is nothing to celebrate. Yes, turkeys undergo harsh treatment at slaughterhouses. I am acquainted with vegans and vegetarians that are not into Thanksgiving from a “food”point of view.
In conclusion, Thanksgiving is pagan, regardless of the feel-good activities that come with it. Please feel free to check out The Pagan Book of Days as a guide to festivals and traditions occurring throughout the year.