Ellen White’s: Thanksgiving TOP 10

Torfurky2Ellen G. White said a few things about Thanksgiving, Christmas, and the holidays in general. Inspired by the writings of Ellen White, below is Bonder’s Top 10 list in regards to Thanksgiving and the holiday season.

In the meantime, GO Tofurky!!!

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10. Thanksgiving shouldn’t be patterned after the world in the indulgence of secular amusements, pleasures, and revelry (examples mentioned: horse races, gambling, smoking, and drunkenness).

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9. The focus of gift-giving shouldn’t be centered upon giving to those from whom we expect to receive. Hmmm…

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8. Holidays should be observed, especially if you have children. Make holidays, she says, as “interesting as possible;” and also “happy” and “pleasurable.” Failure to do so may bring dissatisfaction to children.

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7. Don’t be lazy! Make the holiday season worthwhile. Do something positive!

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(Avoid food coma?)

6. EGW’s personal practice was to accept gifts on condition she was at liberty to use or give it to God’s cause (i.e., missions, etc.).

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5. Reflect upon the past year of your life.  Are you making the most of it?  In God’s eyes?

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4. Don’t make Thanksgiving (holidays) about YOU.  Make it about God, and be thankful for His abundant mercies.

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3. Eat a plain dinner on Thanksgiving Day. Ouch!

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2. Use the holidays as an opportunity to help and assist the poor and needy.  She says, “If a feast is to be made, let it be for those who are in need;” and “make [the poor] feel they are doing us a favor by receiving our gifts and sympathy.” How cool is that?

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1. EAT TOFURKY!! (Or would you prefer Dinner Roast?)

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TOP 10 List taken from: Adventist Home, pp. 472-476.  You’ll find the above tips and pointers, and so much more.
 

Happy Thanksgiving!