As a Christian there are a few holidays that should be observed faithfully and treated with the utmost respect they deserve. There is Christmas, the celebration of the birth of our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ. Then there is Easter, the day we celebrate Christ’s resurrection three days after being crucified. These are momentous Christian HOLYdays that our commercial culture has tried to defile and repurpose with new icons like Santa Claus and the Easter Bunny. A third Christian holiday that has been hijacked by high finance is Thanksgiving; the holiday commemorating Christian Pilgrims surviving a harsh winter and sharing the bounty of a bumper harvest with their Native neighbors.
Thanksgiving has always been a second tier holiday in a for profit marketplace with very little commercial appeal other than being a boon to the turkey, dressing and pumpkin pie market. One meal isn’t enough to make a holiday a commercial success so retailers usually skip over Thanksgiving going from shelves filled with Halloween candy and costumes one day and playing Christmas music the next.
I have appointed myself to the position of “The Thanksgiving Defender” and in this blog throughout this week I will make a case for the real reason we GIVETHANKS.
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Deadline for your Operation Christmas Child is Monday at noon.
Thank you to the 75+ C3 folks who in one hour shifts from 9am-5pm, collected over two vans FULL of groceries to be given away to needy families after Thursday’s ECMA Thanksgiving Day Feast.
If you would like to help bag all of those groceries come to the Rose Garden Banquet Hall at 5:30pm on Wednesday evening.If you know of anyone who does not have a place to enjoy a Thanksgiving meal, invite them to the Rose garden Banquet Hall on Thursday. Doors open at 11:30 with a meal served at 12noon. If you would like to volunteer for that day contact First Call For Help at 623-2800.