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Over-personalizing a Harvest Festival?

P1000870 (1)Down through history, and all over the world, thanksgiving festivals have given communities a chance to thank the God or gods who gave them another harvest.

Such celebrations have been more than expressions of gratefulness for personal health, wealth, marriage, children, and happiness. They have been opportunities for neighbors to celebrate together their shared good fortune.

What I’ve been wondering is whether there is a danger in over personalizing an event that is meant to express the joy of all rather than the blessing of some? Does the practice of asking individuals to express what they are personally thankful for actually work against the spirit of shared joy?

In other words, could our “comparative” and “contrastive” expression of “blessing” be one reason a Thanksgiving Holiday tends to surface so many mixed feelings and anti-social thoughts?

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