Thanksgiving is not a major economic holiday in terms of retail sales. Because he who gives thanks for what he has, forgets his wants.
The counting of blessings precludes the making of wish lists.
Gratitude enumerates what has been received, not what is yet to come.
Thanksgiving makes the purest Christmas possible, for only he who acknowledges what has been received can truly share freely and generously.
Hospitality is a function of thanksgiving, as is service to one’s neighbor. And giving to him who cannot give in return recognizes the nature of the divine blessing.
“[May] my glory may sing your praise and not be silent. O Lord my God, I will give thanks to you forever!” (Psalm 30:12 ESV).