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  As the leaves turn beautiful golden and fiery red hues, the weather gets colder, and people prepare for the oncoming winter in the Northern Hemisphere, Americans enjoy the annual celebration of Thanksgiving. It is a time to be with family and friends, to remember the history of the country’s founders hundreds of years ago, and to be grateful for all they have. In effect, it is a time to count blessings and enjoy the bounty of the year – with a large focus on traditional foods such as turkey and seasonal vegetables. 

  Now observed on the fourth Thursday in November annually, the history of Thanksgiving is taught to American children during their elementary school days. For some families it is the biggest celebration of the year and the start of the holiday season, including Christmas and the New Year. 

  Thanksgiving will soon be upon those of us who reside in the United States.  We’ll come together in family gatherings or as friends to celebrate “being thankful” or “thanks for the blessings we have had during the year.”  We’ll gather together and feast on turkey, potatoes, and pumpkin pie in-between watching parades, football games, and enjoying one another’s company.  One thing that most people immediately recognize is that Thanksgiving is not tied to any religious practice or specific religion.  That’s because the practice of celebrating a harvest or any other event tied to the earth, has a distinct pagan connection.  To clarify the usage of the word “pagan,” it must be understood that it was a term created and exploited to demonize any religion other than Christianity.  All of the earth-based religions were lumped into one category by the church as they sought to wipe them from the very face of the earth while simultaneously spreading Christianity as a replacement.

  The holiday is considered a vital part of American history and identity, but much of the popular story told every year about Thanksgiving’s origins is said to be full of historical inaccuracies. What are the real origins of this holiday harvest festival? Believe it or not, Thanksgiving is as pagan as they come.

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