My Favorite Holiday

I recall one time when I was 10 or 11, my grandmother remarked that Thanksgiving was her favorite holiday; I thought she must be crazy!  You don’t get presents for Thanksgiving! Like most American kids, my favorite was Christmas and my runner up was my birthday; give me presents!MV102913 006-A-LR

That was a very long time ago; I have certainly changed my point of view.  Christmas is a wonderful season, and frankly I like the season more than I like the day, as it can be a bit of a theological challenge for me, but the season is fun.  Other holidays are fine, too, but there is something about Thanksgiving that strikes a chord in my being.

To me, Thanksgiving is a “clean” holiday; there isn’t any dodgy theology and as far as I can tell there isn’t any pagan compromising to do.  It has a clear Christian and historical context that is meaningful to me, and it isn’t a mere commercial festival.  That last point is interesting to me, because it is a holiday that actually seems less commercial than in days gone by.  Oh sure, your local grocery store will have the usual special sale price on turkey, boxed stuffing and those gross fried onion things, but they have sale prices every week, so I don’t see that as being all that overly commercial.  The interesting part for me is that I can remember going into stores, particularly grocery stores 45 years ago that were full of Thanksgiving decorations.  There were turkeys and pilgrims and hay and Indian corn and all sorts of things all over the place and hanging from the ceiling… but now?

Hardly ever.  Most places are all geared up for Christmas long before Thanksgiving comes around; it’s kind of sad, in a way.

What I really like about Thanksgiving is that we have a special meal; one that most of us don’t have any other time of year, we have the tradition of being close with family and friends, and it all centers around our relationship with God.  Of course I know that many n our culture just think of it as a day for over-eating and watching football, but the concept of being thankful to God is always there, even for those who would deny Him.

When I was a little kid, Christmas had a kind of feeling around it.  As an adult, that feeling surrounds Thanksgiving.

Well, maybe I’m nuts, maybe it’s just me, but I always look forward to Thanksgiving!

About Don Merritt

A long time teacher and writer, Don hopes to share his varied life's experiences in a different way with a Christian perspective.
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12 Responses to My Favorite Holiday

  1. forestmtnhike says:

    Me too!:)

  2. pinwika says:

    I agree with you and your grandmom! It’s always been my favourite too! Thanks for posting this~

  3. Bargo says:

    Me three

  4. Wm Haney says:

    Thanksgiving has received “the shaft” in recent years. The ascending growth of Halloween and the insanity of Christmas commercialism is squeezing a once exclusive holiday. Yea, the Christmas ads would be seen on TV during the Macy’s Parade. Cool with that since the big shopping day is the next day. Now, it is almost a victim of the commmercialism in our culture anymore. More people have to work on holidays, people making shopping a family outing and pastime (well, families are together at least) and all the hoopla is like a small vice on this holiday. Yea, I work my share ot Thanksgiving but time is still made to celebrate it.

    Every November 1st, this year it was at 3:30 a.m before heading to my 4 a.m. job, I put in the ground with a steel rod a cute sign of a pilgrim boy holding a pumpkin and the sign saying, “Give Thanks Each Day”. We put up window clings of turkeys and leaves, etc. Yes, it goes off the day after as the holiday seems to get an awkward send off every year. Sometimes the Christmas decorations outside may be up too only because the weather becomes a factor. I will not let this wonderful holiday be pushed away without my own fight!

  5. LetmebeRae says:

    I definitely like Thanksgiving. For once people take a moment to enjoy each other’s company, have a good meal, and be thankful for what they have. Sadly, thanksgiving is slowly being robbed from us. The retail stores only see dollar signs and are making their stores open earlier and earlier until there isn’t even a Thanksgiving anymore. It’s annoying when family members can no longer attend Thanksgiving festivities because these greedy corporations are demanding employees to skip it so that they can sell their merchandise. It makes you wonder if in a couple of years will there be a Thanksgiving anymore =(

  6. Mr. CATSOE says:

    Thanksgiving is indeed a “Favorite Holiday” for many.. such as myself. However, it is has, as you say, become a day of “overeating, and watching football”. Now, sadly, with “Black Friday” starting on Thanksgiving evening.. I’m disheartened to say, it is, and I believe will be, meaning less and less as the years go by… Sad indeed..!!

    • Don Merritt says:

      Well Mr. Catsoe, I guess that society and culture will do what society and culture always do and slowly but surely squeeze God out of the picture. But I won’t be party to that, and I gather that you won’t, along with so many more of us who will continue to observe it and teach our children to do the same. The truth is, society and culture will never succeed in squeezing God out of the picture, because He is far greater that our culture is. Yes it’s a sad trend, but we will remain faithful!

  7. janjoy52 says:

    Gorgeous photo! Nice sentiments. Enjoyed your thoughts.

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