You might find it odd that I despise Thanksgiving Day, at least how it's celebrated in my homeland of the United States.
It's not that I have a problem with gratitude; on the contrary, I celebrate it, embrace it; it's one of the primary ways I access the Presence of God in my everyday life. Therefore, I make it a point to spend as much of my time as possible in that frame of mind.
And I don't take issue with our national tradition of setting aside a day for remembering things for which I'm thankful. Indeed, what 16th U.S. President Abraham Lincoln proclaimed a national day of "Thanksgiving and Praise to our beneficent Father who dwelleth in the Heavens" is, to me, a lovely value to build a tradition upon, so that we may come together as a People to commemorate God's providence.
Lincoln wasn't the first president to proclaim a national Thanksgiving Day for the United States. The Continental Congress, which governed the fledgling country from 1774 to 1789, issued several "national days of prayer, humiliation, and thanksgiving," a practice our first president, George Washington honored and most holders of his office have followed suit.
Thanksgiving is an opportune time for charity, for in giving thanks for what we have, we may pause and remember those who are less fortunate and in need of what we might give. We are reminded that we can serve as God's vessels of blessing, that through us can flow abundance to those who are, as Jesus so eloquently put it, "the le