The Irony of Thanksgiving

The holiday of Thanksgiving feels more ironic to me this year than I’ve noticed in years past. It is the time that we celebrate our European ancestors’ immigration to our country, at a time our country debates who should be let in. It’s a time we celebrate all we are thankful for, and follow it with the Black-Friday celebration of all the things we still want.

Take a few moments today to prayerfully consider what you are thankful for. Make it a long list. Remember that Christmas is not your birthday, so consider giving to the charity of your choice an amount equal to what you will spend on your friends and family this holiday season.

Seth Godin writes:

A modern Thanksgiving would celebrate two things:

  • The people in our lives who give us the support and love we need to make a difference, and…
  • The opportunity to build something bigger than ourselves, something worth contributing to. The ability to make connections, to lend a hand, to invent and create.


If you need a way to kick-start the conversation of Thanksgiving, consider Seth’s Thanksgiving Reader.  

Happy Thanksgiving.


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