THE IRON PEN by Daniel Hite

November 20, 2010

Don’t Forget Thanksgiving

It is a bit disconcerting when businesses move directly from Halloween to Christmas promotions and virtually skip over one of America’s most important holidays–Thanksgiving. Costumes, candy and gifts are big sellers for non-grocery retailers and about all Thanksgiving has going for it, commercially, is groceries. A retailer would have to be committed to the holiday itself and not just the profitability of it.  The history of Thanksgiving–its origin, purpose, and Presidential proclamations certainly warrant more than a casual mention in the history books and by school teachers. American students need to know the truth of it, and certainly not some “sanitized” version. Of course, it is very difficult to secularize Thanksgiving, although it has been and continues to be tried. Forgetting Thanksgiving is tantamount to forgetting God as well as avoiding a significant part of American history. When our family made a move in the summer of 1961, I distinctly remember my new third grade public school teacher leading us in a prayer before our lunch period every day. When I started fourth grade, the prayers went missing and never returned. At that time, I was not aware that in the summer of 1962, corporately thanking God for our food was banned from the public schools. Now, fifty years later, we may hear of a “pardon” for a turkey, but no proclamation of thanks to God for his benevolent provision and protection–in government nor government run schools. All I ask for is an acknowledgment of In God We Trust whether in schools or in the retail stores of our land. It is God who has blessed our land and I believe we are currently living on the blessings given to our forefathers. If retailers really believed that God is their provider, they would see the profitability in promoting a day of thanksgiving to Him and His all-wise providence.


1 Comment »

  1. Weekend, November 20, 2010

    Dear Daniel Hite:

    Articles, commentary, opinion, editorials
    do NOT get any better than this one.

    Why? Because it is, without a shadow,
    the Truth: Praise the Lord!

    With sincerest regards,

    the Williams Family

    Comment by Bud and Nancy — November 20, 2010 @ 12:29 pm | Reply

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