Your attitude toward the Thanksgiving holiday

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Which of these statements about Thanksgiving do you agree with?

  1. A national holiday to give thanks is correct and proper

    26 vote(s)
    65.0%
  2. For Thanksgiving, I think more of television—parades, football, marathons, movies—than anything else

    4 vote(s)
    10.0%
  3. Giving thanks to God is right, but we don’t need a government-proclaimed holiday for it

    17 vote(s)
    42.5%
  4. I dread the ‘season’ Thanksgiving begins as the ‘greed, gluttony, and vanity’ season

    4 vote(s)
    10.0%
  5. I have relatives that I dread feeling obligated to eat with on Thanksgiving

    3 vote(s)
    7.5%
  6. I like Thanksgiving as the beginning of the “holiday season”

    15 vote(s)
    37.5%
  7. Thanksgiving is too full of hypocrisy [gorging ourselves while praying for the needy] for me

    3 vote(s)
    7.5%
  8. The Thanksgiving holiday is just a wasted day of overconsumption

    2 vote(s)
    5.0%
  9. Thanksgiving is religiously neutral—it doesn’t matter if we give thanks, & to whom or what

    4 vote(s)
    10.0%
  10. I don’t agree with any of these statements

    5 vote(s)
    12.5%
Multiple votes are allowed.
  1. Alcott

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    It’s well known in the USA that the 4th Thursday in November is officially set aside (since 1939) as a national holiday for giving thanks [previously it was the last Thur. in Nov. since the Civil War, and just 6 times before then]. So while we are planning on meeting family and/or gluttonizing ourselves this week, or watching parades or football, or at least having one or more days off, what do we really think of a national holiday to give thanks? Answer all that you agree with.
     
  2. Alex Quackenbush

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    I absolutely LOVE THANKSGIVING. It is such a wonderful occasion to get together with family and dear friends and celebrate our national and personal blessings. The socializing is great and the expressions of love toward friends and family is supreme.
     
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    I think this was said well...
     
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    This will be a difficult Thanksgiving. We have had a rift in our family that has been a long time (almost my lifetime) in coming due to one person pushing and pulling at absolutely everyone until s/he has completely isolated his/herself.

    My heart is nearly broken over this, BUT it is like continuing to jump into a cage with a ferocious beast or a pit of vipers. It is impossible to continue without eventually being scarred yourself.

    SO I love Thanksgiving and this year will be different as well as difficult and as I sit here in tears once again, hoping I haven't hijacked this thread ;), I am THANKFUL at this moment for my husband who is a saint (You don't know how much of one he really is!) and my sons who are precious and my sister who I have just gotten to know this past year and the few friends in real time who know what's going on in my life who have prayed with me and for me and encouraged me and the ones of you here who reached out to me when you realized something was wrong and held me in your cyber arms as I wept all over you.

    This is a fabulous holiday.
     
  5. Palatka51

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    God is worthy of thanks every single day. Thanksgiving Day is IMHO a day that, even though is celebrated among each and every family, we as a nation regardless of race or creed celebrate God's graciousness.
     
  6. Martin

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    A national holiday to give thanks is correct and proper

    Giving thanks to God is right, but we don’t need a government-proclaimed holiday for it

    I have relatives that I dread feeling obligated to eat with on Thanksgiving

    I like Thanksgiving as the beginning of the “holiday season”
     
  7. Linda64

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    1 Thessalonians 5:18 In every thing give thanks: for this is the will of God in Christ Jesus concerning you.

    Psalms 136:1 O give thanks unto the LORD; for he is good: for his mercy endureth for ever.

    Psalms 136:2 O give thanks unto the God of gods: for his mercy endureth for ever.

    Psalms 136:3 O give thanks to the Lord of lords: for his mercy endureth for ever.

    Psalms 136:4 To him who alone doeth great wonders: for his mercy endureth for ever.

    Psalms 136:5 To him that by wisdom made the heavens: for his mercy endureth for ever.

    Psalms 136:6 To him that stretched out the earth above the waters: for his mercy endureth for ever.

    Psalms 136:7 To him that made great lights: for his mercy endureth for ever:

    Psalms 136:8 The sun to rule by day: for his mercy endureth for ever:

    Psalms 136:9 The moon and stars to rule by night: for his mercy endureth for ever.

    Psalms 136:10 To him that smote Egypt in their firstborn: for his mercy endureth for ever:

    Psalms 136:11 And brought out Israel from among them: for his mercy endureth for ever:

    Psalms 136:12
    With a strong hand, and with a stretched out arm: for his mercy endureth for ever.

    Psalms 136:13 To him which divided the Red sea into parts: for his mercy endureth for ever:

    Psalms 136:14 And made Israel to pass through the midst of it: for his mercy endureth for ever:

    Psalms 136:15 But overthrew Pharaoh and his host in the Red sea: for his mercy endureth for ever.

    Psalms 136:16 To him which led his people through the wilderness: for his mercy endureth for ever.

    Psalms 136:17 To him which smote great kings: for his mercy endureth for ever:

    Psalms 136:18 And slew famous kings: for his mercy endureth for ever:

    Psalms 136:19 Sihon king of the Amorites: for his mercy endureth for ever:

    Psalms 136:20 And Og the king of Bashan: for his mercy endureth for ever:

    Psalms 136:21 And gave their land for an heritage: for his mercy endureth for ever:

    Psalms 136:22 Even an heritage unto Israel his servant: for his mercy endureth for ever.

    Psalms 136:23 Who remembered us in our low estate: for his mercy endureth for ever:

    Psalms 136:24 And hath redeemed us from our enemies: for his mercy endureth for ever.

    Psalms 136:25 Who giveth food to all flesh: for his mercy endureth for ever.

    Psalms 136:26 O give thanks unto the God of heaven: for his mercy endureth for ever.

    Everything we have belongs to God. We need to give thanks to God all the time, not just at Thanksgiving. Thanksgiving Day should be a reminder to always have a thankful attitude for what God has given us---eternal life through Jesus Christ our LORD! (Romans 6:23)
     
  8. MaryKay

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    I love Thanksgiving. I always have a big dinner and invite all the family and friends in. Of course they don't all come but a lot of them will just drop in sometime through the day to say hello and have a piece of pie and to visit with the out of town guests.

    This year my nephew and his family are bringing my sister, who had a stroke a few years back and resides in a nursing facility. I am so excited , she is very limited in what she can do , but I am so thankful for her. She was always my mentor.

    We always have lots to do and talk about it's a great time to reflect and let people know how great the Lord is and how Thankful we are for HIM

    Anyway I hope all of you have the best Thanksgiving ever.MK
     
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    I love Thanksgiving...but i don't like "turkey day" or "the start of the holiday shopping season".
     
  10. Alcott

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    One option would probably have gotten more responses if I hadn't had to edit it to where it's not clear enough. In #9 it was originally "...legally it doesn't matter whether we give thanks, and to whom or to what we give it."

    It's been what?-- a year and a half?-- and I still miss the old poll function.
     
  11. webdog

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    The thing the bothers me about Thanksgiving, as a young married man (well, young-er :)) is trying to fit both sides of the family in each holiday...particularly when each has their dinner at the same time. My wife's family is having "dinner" at noon...while my parents have their "dinner" at 1. Why can't SOMEBODY have "dinner" at dinner time, for crying out loud! :BangHead:
     
  12. mcdirector

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    Poor little webdoggy ;)
     
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    In the South, especially with older folks, "lunch" is "dinner", and "dinner" is "supper."
    They eat breakfast, dinner and supper.
    We usually call it breakfast, lunch and supper.
     
  14. Ed Edwards

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    In the KJV 1769 Edition of the Bible the word "thanksgiving"
    appears 28 times in 27 verses:
    in the Old Testament (OT): 19 times in 18 verses,
    in the Net Testament (NT): 9 times in 9 verses.

    By contrast the following holidays DO NOT
    appear in the KJV1769 Edition of the Bible:

    Christmas
    Independance Day
    New Year's
    Saint Patrick's Day
    Wedding Anniversary
    Valentine's Day

    Old Testament:

    Le 7:12 (KJV1769 Edition):
    If he offer it for a thanksgiving, then
    he shall offer with the sacrifice of thanksgiving
    unleavened cakes mingled with oil, and unleavened
    wafers anointed with oil, and cakes mingled
    with oil, of fine flour, fried.

    Le 7:13 (KJV1769 Edition): Besides the cakes, he shall offer for his offering leavened bread with the sacrifice of thanksgiving of his peace offerings.

    Le 7:15 (KJV1769 Edition): And the flesh of the sacrifice of his peace offerings for thanksgiving shall be eaten the same day that it is offered; he shall not leave any of it until the morning.

    Le 22:29 (KJV1769 Edition): And when ye will offer a sacrifice of thanksgiving unto the LORD, offer it at your own will.

    Ne 11:17 (KJV1769 Edition): And Mattaniah the son of Micha, the son of Zabdi, the son of Asaph, was the principal to begin the thanksgiving in prayer: and Bakbukiah the second among his brethren, and Abda the son of Shammua, the son of Galal, the son of Jeduthun.

    Ne 12:8 (KJV1769 Edition): Moreover the Levites: Jeshua, Binnui, Kadmiel, Sherebiah, Judah, and Mattaniah, which was over the thanksgiving, he and his brethren.

    Ne 12:46 (KJV1769 Edition): For in the days of David and Asaph of old there were chief of the singers, and songs of praise and thanksgiving unto God.

    Ps 26:7 (KJV1769 Edition): That I may publish with the voice of thanksgiving, and tell of all thy wondrous works.

    Ps 50:14 (KJV1769 Edition): Offer unto God thanksgiving; and pay thy vows unto the most High:

    Ps 69:30 (KJV1769 Edition): I will praise the name of God with a song, and will magnify him with thanksgiving.

    Ps 95:2 (KJV1769 Edition): Let us come before his presence with thanksgiving, and make a joyful noise unto him with psalms.

    Ps 100:4 (KJV1769 Edition): Enter into his gates with thanksgiving, and into his courts with praise: be thankful unto him, and bless his name.

    Ps 107:22 (KJV1769 Edition): And let them sacrifice the sacrifices of thanksgiving, and declare his works with rejoicing.

    Ps 116:17 (KJV1769 Edition): I will offer to thee the sacrifice of thanksgiving, and will call upon the name of the LORD.

    Ps 147:7 (KJV1769 Edition): Sing unto the LORD with thanksgiving; sing praise upon the harp unto our God:

    Isa 51:3 (KJV1769 Edition): For the LORD shall comfort Zion: he will comfort all her waste places; and he will make her wilderness like Eden, and her desert like the garden of the LORD; joy and gladness shall be found therein, thanksgiving, and the voice of melody.

    Jer 30:19 (KJV1769 Edition): And out of them shall proceed thanksgiving and the voice of them that make merry: and I will multiply them, and they shall not be few; I will also glorify them, and they shall not be small.

    Am 4:5 (KJV1769 Edition): And offer a sacrifice of thanksgiving with leaven, and proclaim and publish the free offerings: for this liketh you, O ye children of Israel, saith the Lord GOD.

    New Testament:

    Jon 2:9 (KJV1769 Edition): But I will sacrifice unto thee with the voice of thanksgiving; I will pay that that I have vowed. Salvation is of the LORD.

    2Co 4:15 (KJV1769 Edition): For all things are for your sakes, that the abundant grace might through the thanksgiving of many redound to the glory of God.

    2Co 9:11 (KJV1769 Edition): Being enriched in every thing to all bountifulness, which causeth through us thanksgiving to God.

    Php 4:6 (KJV1769 Edition):
    Be careful for nothing; but in every thing by prayer and supplication with thanksgiving let your requests be made known unto God.

    Col 2:7 (KJV1769 Edition): Rooted and built up in him, and stablished in the faith, as ye have been taught, abounding therein with thanksgiving.

    Col 4:2 (KJV1769 Edition): Continue in prayer, and watch in the same with thanksgiving;

    1Ti 4:3 (KJV1769 Edition): Forbidding to marry, and commanding to abstain from meats, which God hath created to be received with thanksgiving of them which believe and know the truth.

    1Ti 4:4 (KJV1769 Edition): For every creature of God is good, and nothing to be refused, if it be received with thanksgiving:

    Re 7:12 (KJV1769 Edition): Saying, Amen: Blessing, and glory, and wisdom, and thanksgiving, and honour, and power, and might, be unto our God for ever and ever. Amen.
     
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    "A national holiday to give thanks is correct and proper."

    This is my favorite time of the year, up to and including Christmas.
     
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    I love Thanksgiving, but it makes for one long, stressful month, too, up until Christmas (including a birthday just before), even until New Year's Eve (my Dad's birthday). By that time, I'm DONE!

    love,

    sopranette
     
  17. The Scribe

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    Thanksgiving is a time to thank God. Even though we need to do that anyway.

    Columbus and the pilgrims didn't discover anything. There were people already here and other nations were here far before Columbus.
     
  18. EdSutton

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    So - Why don't you be the SOMEBODY? Announce that you will "do" the Thanksgiving "dinner" for both families next year? And announce this far enough in advance, that you will be doing (or at least hosting) it, as a "pre-emptive strike"?

    Whaddaya' bet you'll draw all the prospective "turkey moochers" first?

    Ed

    P.S. I would suggest you get together with your bride, first, before making that announcement. :laugh: :laugh:
     
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  19. EdSutton

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    :laugh: :laugh:

    Ed
     
  20. webdog

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    Too late. I told my wife EdSutton said we should have both families at our house next year.

    I just received a knock at the front door and have been "served" :laugh:
     

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