Skip to comments.Thanksgiving as it once was
Posted on 11/24/2011 7:39:06 PM PST by TBP
It seems that there was a time in this country when Thanksgiving was a benign and festive stand-alone celebration.
Schoolchildren dressed up as Pilgrims, Indians and turkeys in pageants observing the 1621 feast that served as a gesture of friendship toward the Indians who helped save the infant Plymouth Bay colony from starvation. The pageants have begun to disappear. Our new political correctness toward Native Americans seems to consist of erasing public acknowledgement of their existence, by outlawing Indian nicknames for schools.
It seemed a harmless conceit. The young scholars would learn soon enough that that early display of amity between the Pilgrims and the Wampanoags would end in a series of bloody and brutal massacres as the Europeans encroached on Indian lands.
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Take God out of Thanksgiving and it loses its virtue.
God is still in Thanksgiving at my house !
My apologies,...my comment wasn’t intended to imply anything about you or your household,...just an observation on so much of American culture these days.
I wanted to watch a movie on cable, and haven’t been able to find anything that has even a notion of Christian virtue in it.
A new film is coming out called “Saint” for Saint Nick and portrays Santa Claus as a homicidal maniac creeping around in the dark and murdering unsuspecting victims. Talk about 180 degrees out of whack.
“That’s one thing about a Pilgrim, he would pray. Mostly for more Indian corn. You’ve never in your life seen a picture, I bet any one of you have never seen a picture of one of the old Pilgrims praying when he didn’t have a gun right by the side of him. That was to see that he got what he was praying for.”
“I bet you when the Pilgrims landed at Plymouth Rock and they had the whole of the American continent for themselves, and all they had to do to get an extra hundred and sixty acres was shoot another Indian... Well, I bet you anything they kicked on the price of ammunition. I bet they said, “What’s this country coming to!” You know, what I mean... like we’re doing now. “What’s this country coming to! We have to spend a nickel for powder. Of course, they got the lead back after they dissected the Indian, but...”
— Will Rogers