2016-11-24 / Letters

Thanksgiving is all American

(Republished from the Nov. 16, 1995, Leelanau Enterprise.)

Thanksgiving is the quintessential American observance. No other national holiday can match it for sheer nostalgia and purity of purpose. Only Canada also observes a Thanksgiving (in October) among the world’s peoples.

For generations, Thanksgiving has been a valued tradition in America, a vital part of our heritage and upbringing — a day truly set aside for thanks giving, with turkey a bonus. Like Scrooge on Christmas eve, can you recall Thanksgivings-past of 20, 30 or 40 or more years ago? When Thanksgiving was just that, rather than a day for football, obligatory visits, the start of a long, paid weekend off and the official beginning of Christmas shopping?...

“Enter into His gates with thanksgiving, and into his courts with praise; be thankful unto Him, and bless his name.”

— The Book of Psalms

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