J. R. Swab


Categories: [Faith]
Tags: holidays, thanksgiving holidays thanksgiving

Thanksgiving is by far my favorite holiday here in the United States and the only one worth celebrating in my opinion. I am obligated to observe the others or at least expected to participate in the customs and traditions, but we can talk about all that another time. When it comes to this day, I have no issues.

Maybe the lack of unease around this holiday is because of its origins. From what I know (I'm no thanksgiving day expert) this holiday has no ties back to ancient Rome, and it's multi-god religious views. Christmas and Easter, the other two major holidays in my family, come from the old polytheistic ideas of the Roman Empire.

After a while, the people following the teachings of Jesus and his apostles became much too big for the Empire just to kill them all. The emperor thought it to be a good idea to "Christian-ize" these two feast days to keep things humming along for the empire.

[Col 2:16-19 KJV] [16] Let no man therefore judge you in meat, or in drink, or in respect of an holyday, or of the new moon, or of the sabbath [days]: [17] Which are a shadow of things to come; but the body [is] of Christ. [18] Let no man beguile you of your reward in a voluntary humility and worshipping of angels, intruding into those things which he hath not seen, vainly puffed up by his fleshly mind, [19] And not holding the Head, from which all the body by joints and bands having nourishment ministered, and knit together, increaseth with the increase of God.

In this passage from Paul's letter to the Colossians, we see that some people must have caused a fuss about others celebrating "holydays" of some kind. Since the Colossians were not Jewish in origin, we can conclude that some of them were continuing old traditions from before they were saved through Jesus Christ.

I'm not saying its terrible to celebrate any holiday other than Thanksgiving. What I want to get across is that its easier to justify celebrating a holiday about giving thanks and the coming together of different people to enjoy a feast of the years harvest. (Or in our case last week's grocery trip.)

Thanksgiving is my favorite because there are no gifts, no expectations (outside of some pie), and we come together for some well-needed relaxation with family. Also, since this day is not steeped in ancient Roman ideology, my conscious does not stir up in a frenzy about worshiping some strange demon or something.

Or it's just that I love to eat my face off. Yeah... its probably just the eating.