Holiday Rituals: Are We A Thanksgiving Nation or A Christmas Nation?

December 24, 2013 | Posted by Michael C. Phillip in

Somewhere in that hours-long transition between Thanksgiving Day and the Christmas season a very remarkable change comes over us. Thanksgiving being a time for reflection, counting blessings, giving thanks, and serving others, Christmas has mostly come to mean just the opposite. America wakes up (sometimes never having gone to sleep) on Black Friday and plunges into a state of mind totally... Read More


Thanksgiving: At the Intersection of Grace and Sorrow

November 26, 2013 | Posted by Michael C. Phillip in

Most Americans associate Thanksgiving with the Pilgrims of Massachusetts, who dedicated a day (or three) of reflection and feasting in thanksgiving to God for providing for them in a new land. Indeed, this is how the holiday as we now celebrate it first began. But to know that story is only part of Thanksgiving’s history, and partial knowledge begets partial appreciation. In America, there is... Read More


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