I was talking with my dad the other day and reflecting on Thanksgivings past. It was always a special time. I would wake up to the smell of turkey cooking in the house and then go into the living room to watch the Thanksgiving Day Parade. My grandmother had to be certain that was on every year. We would have hot turkey sandwiches for a light lunch and that evening our house of five would quickly expand as my uncles, aunts and cousins from my dad’s side of the family would fill every space to get their fill of football and food. The years have passed and many things have changed since those days. My grandmother has passed on, the family gathering is much smaller as everyone now spends time with other members of their families and the day off is becoming less and less a reality for many people.
Days of Thanksgiving have been declared by presidents over many years as a day to give thanks to God. It’s a day to remember His blessings and His grace upon us. Many fear that with shopping now extending into the once-held-dear peace of Thanksgiving that this will all fade away. In reality, it has for some time. A day set aside for thanking God simply became a family day. The turkey became more exalted than the One who had provided it. So perhaps it was inevitable that even family would become less important than consumerism.