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Why Thanksgiving Is a Lie


by Glenn Shepard
November 21, 2017
Category: Inspiration


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It took magazine editor Sarah Josepha Hale 36 years to get Thanksgiving recognized as a national holiday. President Abraham Lincoln finally proclaimed the fourth Thursday in November Thanksgiving in 1863.



Iíll get nastygrams for this one.

But I donít mind, because I was an Eagle Scout who was taught to appreciate how fortunate we are to live in the greatest country in the world, and the sacrifices so many people made (and continue to make) in order for us to live in it.

The cold, hard truth is that Thanksgiving is not a time for giving thanks for most Americans. By and large, it only means three things:

1. Paid time off work
2. A time to pig out
3. The one day of the year they have to spend with relatives theyíd probably kill if they had to spend any more time with them

(If you think that was too crass, answer this question: ďWhat name and face popped up in your mind when you read #3?Ē)

Everyone has at least some idea of what Thanksgiving is about. After all, itís the only holiday with a verb in its name. But few know exactly what itís a day to be giving thanks for.

Even when its origin is explained, most Americans canít relate to Pilgrims being thankful for a good harvest because having plenty of food isnít the exception in our great country today; itís the norm.

This is why the best Thanksgiving tradition Iíve seen is one my editor turned me on to back in 2004.

Each Thanksgiving, all the kids, grandkids, nieces and nephews in her family sit down together and write Thank You letters to members of the military.

The letters are then sent to an organization named ďA Million ThanksĒ, which distributes them to military personnel, many of whom are deployed and unable to spend the holidays with their families.

You can visit their website at, where they have sample letters you can use.

If youíre looking for a way to make Thanksgiving more meaningful, and to entertain all the kids who start running around like a bunch of wild banshees after the Thanksgiving meal, this is a great way to kill two birds with one stone. (And itís a lot more pleasant than listening to your annoying brother-in-law running his mouth all day long).

Happy Thanksgiving from the hills of beautiful Nashville, Tennessee!

To Your Success,

Glenn Shepard

 And THANK YOU for reading this newsletter, and making it possible for me to make a living doing what I love. I appreciate YOU.

P.P.S. Our neighbors in Canada also celebrate Thanksgiving, though I donít know exactly how their Thanksgiving tradition works. Maybe some of our readers up North can fill me in.


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