|Flying Spaghetti Monster sketch (Photo credit: Wikipedia)|
I have heard many Christians claim that the entire notion of giving thanks has Christian roots and that this necessarily makes Thanksgiving a Christian holiday. As many times as I have heard this claim, I have real difficulty imagining that nobody every thanked anyone else prior to the time when a historical Jesus is supposed to have lived.
One tradition in which I could almost always count on having to participate involved each guest taking turns and publicly sharing why he/she was thankful. This wasn't so bad except for when it was done as part of a prayer (i.e., guests required to hold hands, bow their heads, and go around the table sharing the reasons for their gratitude). So, who or what is it that I am thanking for my health, etc.? Fate? Luck? My doctor? The flying spaghetti monster? The unstated belief here was rather obvious. In many American households, Thanksgiving is a religious holiday.