2 Tips to Make Your Thanksgiving the Best!

11/27/19 at 06:00 AM | Published Under Charis Staff

The tradition of “thanksgiving” is deeply rooted in our nation’s history.

The Continental Congress declared a day of thanksgiving back in 1777. In 1789, George Washington did the same. But it wasn’t until 1863 that President Abraham Lincoln set aside the last Thursday in November as an annual day to give thanks.

Here are just a few ways we can make this Thanksgiving the best:

  1. Actually give thanks. Do you remember when you were a kid and someone did something nice for you or gave you a gift, and your mom always said, “What do you say?” We had to be reminded to say “thank you.” The Bible reminds us as well—nearly 50 times in the New Testament alone! So many people are going through tough times. And some may even feel they have nothing to be thankful for. But if you know Jesus and what He’s done for you, there are so many things to be grateful for. If nothing else, you can be thankful that we are just passing through this life and on our way to spend eternity in heaven with God. It doesn’t have to be that way for you here on Earth though. Jesus has made us more than conquerors through Him, and our current circumstances are subject to change. We can be eternally grateful for that!


  1. Remember the “real feast.” It’s not really about turkey with all the trimmings, football or even friends and family. It’s about Psalm 34:8: “O taste and see that the Lord is good.” It’s about our loving God who loved us so much that He came and gave His life for us. It’s about a God who created us for a love relationship with Him. It’s about the One who provided everything we would ever need in His death, burial and resurrection—salvation, forgiveness, healing, protection and prosperity. It’s already bought and paid for. That’s a real feast to be thankful for!


So before you clean house and start preparing to eat way too much and plop down for football in front of the television, take some time to enjoy the real feast, and taste and see that the Lord is good!