The First Thanksgivings Were Catholic

The first two Thanksgivings in the present day United States were actually Catholic. The Pilgrims can only claim a third one, a correction I suggest should be made in school history books.

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  1. I wouldn’t hold my breath waiting for the history books to note this.

    But, really, that is of historical interest and not too much more, for the Thanksgiving national holiday as we know it celebrated in the USA is of strictly Protestant origin. It was cooked up out of the thinnest of thin air, using a very sketchy story about Pilgrims and Indians, some of which was true, some which was not true. At the time it was promulgated by Lincoln (a fallen away Catholic, as we now know) it was allowed as a sort of sop to those who wanted some sort of winter holiday but not the specific “papistical”one (namely: Christmas). Don’t forget that Catholics were treated pretty badly in the land of the free and the home of the brave in those times and anything smacking of Rome and the Faith was looked upon with suspicion – and that very much included Christmas. So Lincoln’s “Thanksgiving” (btw: thanking whom? for what?) was really sort of meant to upstage the Romish Christmas, and it has been doing that quite well for nealry 150 years.

    When Franklin Delano Roosevelt really started pumping for this Thanksgiving celebration he was quite candid about it helping to spur more buying and selling on the part of the public and thus revealed what this whole thing is really about. Now, of course it is looked upon as the beginning of Christmas at least in the USA, completely obliterating Advent. And by the time Christmas arrives on the 25th of December people are so utterly sick of it that the Christmas trees start getting flung out of the houses on December 26th.

    All these are reasons why I don’t celebrate in any special way this contrived Protestant parody of Christmas which, again, has nothing whatever to do with what the Catholic missionaries were doing in this country.


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