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“Thanksgiving is a time when the world
gets to see just how blessed and
how workable the Christian system is.
The emphasis is not on giving or buying,
but on being thankful and expressing that
appreciation to God and to one another.”

-John Clayton

Happy Thanksgiving. Today is an opportunity for us to step back and recognize all for which we are thankful. We take stock in all that we have, being content with all that the Lord has given us, and all that we have received from those around us. Especially in times like this, there is a tendency to lose sight of thankfulness and gratitude. We constantly want to get and get (or sometimes give), but we do not take time to be thankful for what we have. Thanksgiving is set apart as that day. While some people may get bogged down by the foundations of the holiday or the foundations of the country, we must not let that be an excuse not to celebrate this day. What is this holiday? It is an opportunity to thank God and those in our lives for everything that we have.

As Catholics, we seek to celebrate Thanksgiving in a special way. Every Sunday (or every day) we have the opportunity to take part in the Eucharistic celebration. Eucharist itself means ‘thanksgiving.’ While celebration of the Mass always presents us with an opportunity to thank God for all that we have, on Thanksgiving Day, it is especially important to step back and thank the Lord for all that He has given us. Though not a holy day, beginning this holiday (which ultimately came from ‘holy day’) with the Eucharist places everything in perspective: God has given us all that we have, and we place it all at His feet to do with as He wills.

As I said above, Thanksgiving is an opportunity for us to give thanks for all that we have. Black Friday has gradually been taking away from Thanksgiving and taking over. Black Friday was fine for a time, for it was merely a beneficial day for businesses. Then, as consumerism continued to prevail in our culture, Black Friday sales continued to start earlier and earlier, until they’ve gotten to a point where stores are opening at 5:00 pm, or even earlier. People are thus being overcome by their desires for more that they are neglecting to be thankful (with friends and family) and celebrate Thanksgiving. Not only are customers being taken from their friends and family, but so are employees at these businesses, having to get there early to set up and then to open the store.

I call for us to return to a proper celebration of Thanksgiving Day. While, as I said, Thanksgiving might not have had the best foundations, we must uphold the ultimate spirit of this holiday: true thankfulness and gratitude. We must seek to return Black Friday to FRIDAY. Thanksgiving must continue to reign on Thursday, as our national day for thankfulness. If we lose sight of Thanksgiving and the need for gratitude, our country will continue down this path toward self-centeredness, neglecting to be thankful for what we have and always desiring for the next new thing.

“Gratitude can transform
common days into Thanksgiving,
turn routine jobs into joy, and
change ordinary opportunities into blessings.”

-William Arthur Ward

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