Thanksgiving Isn't What You Think It's About

Thanksgiving Isn't What You Think It's About

You should do your research before celebrating.
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It’s Thursday evening and your family piles into your grandma’s house, all hugs and kisses and "how have you been's". You’ve already watched the Macy’s Thanksgiving Day Parade and the football game went well. Your grandma’s house smells like sweet potatoes and stuffing. You just can’t wait to dig in after they all say grace. Good old Thanksgiving, the American Holiday. How did that holiday start off again? A bunch of pilgrims and Indians sat together at a table, breaking bread and feeling thankful that they made it through the winter together. At least that’s what was taught to you in kindergarten.

You see, that’s not where thanksgiving came from. No, the Indians and the pilgrims did not sit together around a cornucopia breaking bread and feeling thankful. No, it was much more different. Traditionally, Thanksgiving has been a holiday recognized in a few other countries too, such as Canada, the Caribbean Islands, and Liberia as a day to celebrate the harvest. This tradition of harvest celebration through feast has gone back even since Henry VIII before we had even gotten to the New World.

As far as the “Great Feast” that the American Thanksgiving revolves around, the Plymouth Feast is sort of a myth in its own. There isn’t any solid documentation of when this first feast actually occurred and what even happened at that feast. There are several dates between 1621 to the 1660s claiming to be the year of the famous feast. In fact, the day hadn’t been proclaimed as a national holiday until during the Civil War by Abraham Lincoln.

The Native Americans had been depicted as friendly and helpful to the Pilgrims who had stayed in their settlement. They helped them grow corn, a crop the English were not familiar with, and according to legend, they shared a meal with them to show gratitude. There isn’t much that was documented about all of this and a lot of it is told through oral tradition. However, if you consider how the American Government had treated the Native Americans decades after and perhaps consider that not too long after the alleged year of the feast, nearly 400 settlers were massacred by Native Americans near the settlement, there might be a chance it didn’t go exactly that way.

The biggest issue with Thanksgiving is its depiction of Native Americans and how the history is taught. Growing up, our class would act out the feast, half of us dressing as pilgrim and half of us dressing as the Native Americans as if dressing up as another culture was even remotely okay. We didn’t learn about how our country treated Native Americans until several years later. We had this idea that things were great for the settlers and Native Americans. That genocide wasn’t a thing that happened. Thanksgiving kind of covered up genocide and acted like it didn’t happen to them.

Perhaps, we need to look into what has happened as a result of Colonization and how it had and does affect the lives of Native Americans.

This month is Native American Heritage Month and I think it would be smart to perhaps learn about the histories of the Native American people as well as learn about how the depiction of Native Americans can be harmful to them.

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52 Instagram Captions Perfect For Your Next Beach Vacation

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Summer is officially in full swing. We are all looking forward to the adventures that await us. A lot of us have been dreaming about the day when we finally get to kick our feet up and relax by the ocean. If you find yourself getting ready for a trip to the beach then read these quotes to help get your in the mood for your vacation. Whether you are looking for an Instagram caption or are just trying to settle a bad case of wanderlust, here are 52 quotes on summer:

1. "Hello summer."

2. "I'm happiest when I'm floating in the ocean."

3. "May you always have a shell in your pocket, and sand in your toes."

4. "Life is better with palm trees."

5. "Sandy toes. Sun-kissed nose."

6. "Balmy nights, pink sunsets, and salty air."

7. "Talk to the sand."

8. "Live in the sunshine. Swim in the sea. Drink the wild air." -Emerson

9. "Everyone should believe in something. I believe I should go to the beach."

10. "Spontaneity is the best kind of adventure."

11. "The ocean is calling and I must go."

12. "Here comes the sun."

13. "If it requires a bikini, my answer is yes."

14. "I'm just a beachy kinda girl."

15. "As free as the ocean..."

16. "As endless as the ocean, as timeless as the tides..."

17. "Life's a beach. Enjoy the waves."

18. "A pineapple a day keeps the worries away."

19. "Let the currents guide your heart."

20. "Happiness comes in waves."

21. "Let's go somewhere where the stars kiss the ocean."

22. "My favorite color is sunset."

23. "I lost my heart to the sea."

24. "Sun, sand, and surf."

25. "Salt in the air. Sand in my hair."

26. "Smell the sea, and feel the sky. Let your soul and spirit fly." -Van Morrison

27. "High tides and good vibes."

28. "Mermaid kisses and starfish wishes."

29. "Stop and smell the ocean."

30. "I'm happy anywhere I can see the ocean."

31. "Tropical state of mind."

32. "Forever chasing the sun."

33. "Girls just wanna have sun."

34. "Some of the best memories are made in flip flops." -Kellie Elmore

35. "Good times and tan lines."

36. "Palm trees, ocean breeze, salty air, sun-kissed hair, endless summer, take me there."

37. "The ocean is calling."

38. "Love you to the beach and back."

39. "Paradise found."

40. "Seas the day."

41. "Live in the sunshine, swim in the sea, drink the wild air..." -Ralph Waldo Emerson

42. "Eat. Beach. Sleep. Repeat."

43. "I never met a sunset I didn't like."

44. "Beach daze always."

45. "Catch me by the sea."

46. "Only worry in the world is the tide gonna reach my chair." -Zac Brown Band

47. "Stay salty."

48. "Done adulating- let's be mermaids."

49. "Find me under the palm trees."

50. "Sea you soon."

51. "Hello sunshine."

52. "Don't mind me... I'm just chasing the sun."

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Easter Is More Than Just A Day

He is risen, and LIVES today... Not just on Easter.

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Every Easter there is always a flood of posts on social media, and every post has a similar caption: "He is risen!" And indeed He is.

Not that there is anything wrong with these posts. It's nice to see everyone in their "Sunday best." However, my question is why do we make Easter a one-day ordeal? We should be celebrating the resurrection and life of our Savior every day, not just one day a year.

Jesus's death on the cross is worth so much more than one day. He is deserving of far greater.

So often, we let ourselves be consumed by life and all our problems that we get distracted. We let ourselves forget the work that Jesus did on the cross.

Yet, this should not be our reality because Jesus won.

Jesus won. He defeated the grave. Let that sink in, because all too frequently I feel like this falls deaf to our ears and hearts.

Understanding that Jesus conquered death and has already won the battle for the world (John 16:33) should give us peace.

Having this knowledge should help us to say, "I see these things that I can't fix. But Jesus has conquered death, and everything else is taken care of."

Celebrate who Jesus is and what He has done every day, not just on Easter.

Lord, thank you that I can celebrate the death, burial, and resurrection of Jesus Christ every single day. Thank you that Easter is so much bigger and far better than just a holiday. You have defeated death, so now I can rest in that truth--knowing that you will take care of even the most minuscule details of my life. You hold today, tomorrow, and forever. Thank you that I can celebrate who you are and what you've done from now until eternity.

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