Have you noticed how much more attention Halloween received (advertisements, decorations, local festivities, commercial/economic sale at stores, etc.) than Thanksgiving has. Many would argue this is an example of a neopagan culture in which we currently live. Where masquerade (Mardi Gras) type carnivals (Halloween) are more important than national days of prayer and thanks to God (Thanksgiving).

For the Orthodox Christian we must ask ourselves, where do we fit into all of this? Because for all practical purposes, Thanksgiving Day is the closest we come to a national holy day in the United States. Historically, it has been celebrated with everything from religious thankfulness, food, frolic and of course modern commercialism. Despite this, it is still a time for many Americans to “count their blessings” and get together with family and/or friends.

For a really interesting article about Thanksgiving, which may help you navigate the waters of our contemporary American culture, please click on the image below.