Abolish the Thanksgiving holiday

As I made note of above, this is Thanksgiving Week in the United States, where I am writing this, and where Thanksgiving Day is one of the biggest family holidays of the year. But I have an idea about this holiday that is different from most Americans. I think that the holiday should be abolished. I have made this comment before, in other years, and I repeat it here...

I don't think that Thanksgiving should be a holiday at all. I think it should be a HOLY day, and placed on the calendar of all sacred days and events.

I also think we should change the way that Thanksgiving is celebrated. Forget about sitting down to a big meal and offering thanks to God for all the bounty that has been received during the past year. Instead, create a new ritual. Sit down together and thank God for all the goodness that is to come.

Do not go around the table and have each guest tell what he or she has to be thankful for. Rather, go around the table and have each guest say what they are going to be thankful for in the coming year-and then have everyone give thanks right then and there, ahead of time.

Use the grace and the power of gratitude in advance! Make your Manifestation List for the coming 12 months. Then hold a Thanksgiving-in-Advance dinner ritual. For that matter, repeat the ritual every day for the next year. Sincerely believe and be grateful for receiving the gifts that you just know will shower down upon you from God's limitless bounty.

In Conversations with God the message about gratitude is clear. It is the most powerful form of prayer. Gratitude in advance, not gratitude after the fact. This is because to thank God in advance for something is the highest form of faith. It is a statement of supreme confidence. It is the Ultimate Knowing.

When we come from this Place of Knowing, we move into an energy that creates miracles. The most powerful prayer that I ever heard is only 17 words long:

Thank you, God,

for helping me

to understand

that this problem

has already been

solved for me.

So, while it is well and good to say "thanks" for things past, especially with other human beings to whom we owe a word of gratitude, it is extremely empowering to thank God ahead of time for all the goodness that will flow to you in the coming year. It is even more powerful to decide ahead of time what that goodness will be.

Make a list. Check it twice. Write down all that you choose to have happen between Thanksgiving 2010 and Thanksgiving 2011. Read your list out loud at dinner. Encourage others to do the same. Share and Declare. There are few things more inspiring and powerful than public declaration.

Suddenly, Thanksgiving 2011 will have a new meaning. It will now be about Sharing and Declaring. It will be about Knowing and Growing. We grow into what we know.

So I think that Thanksgiving should not be a mere holiday. It should be elevated to a Holy Day. It should be the holiest day of the year. The day on which we say "thanks be to God" for all the wonder, all the abundance, and all the joys of life that we anticipate and that we know in our hearts God is sending to us in the coming year.

It should be the holiest day of the year because gratitude is the most sacred tool in the Creator's Toolbox. With it anything can be produced, anything can be created, anything can be experienced!


Gaëlle 27th November 2008 10:11 am

What a good idea Neale !

Thanksgiving SHOULD be held every day of the year.

I am attending my very first american "thanksgiving dinner" tonight, and I think I shall do exactly what you have said. You are so right, I may have heard so many times that gratitude is powerful, but it is only now that I have begun to practice "thanksgiving in advance" that I truely understand what this means.

Thank You for sharing this with us all,
Thank you for all your wonderful books,
Thank you for all your forthcoming messages of inspiration,
Thank you for EVERYTHING !!!!!!!!!!

Love and beautiful bright sunlight,


k 27th November 2008 10:53 am

Thanks for this message. I am still working on trying to surrender and not have the inclination to tell God how to answer my needs, but yesterday I knew that in order to be mentally prepared for what He will send me I need to be clear about the possibilities so I will not be overwhelmed when things do come into my life. What I want is not ordinary, it will require "majic". So, I need to "grow into what (I) know", because it is coming and I want to be prepared to receive it with open arms and not sit back and contemplate in confusion as the awesome changes occur in my life. I think about the things that have developed since I started down this path year ago. I have become aware of the metaphysical elements in me and around me that caused sever confusion initially as I had to adjust to understanding things outside of my concept of reality as I knew it then. It is easier now to believe in "majic", but I still need to expand my vision. Making that list is a great idea for me right now.

Tzaddi 27th November 2008 12:53 pm

Yes! You go, Neale! I'm starting this tradition today, Thanksgiving Day, in bold print in my meditation journal.

netdragon 28th November 2008 12:52 am

Lol. I wish I got to enjoy Thanksgiving. I'm now in a role where most of the people I work with every day are Europeans. They don't celebrate Thanksgiving.

I believe Thanksgiving is a family holiday, and should stay as such. That's really important, whatever the definition of family is.

zorro 23rd November 2011 5:54 am

I really lit-up when I read this.

How refreshing! It puts a WHOLE new slant on the Holy Day, puts it in the now, and ensures new potential outcomes instead of the same old.

Thanks, Neale

melanie moore 23rd November 2011 8:26 am

As an English girly I must say I agree totally with you Neale and feel there is a dark thread underpinning this day... almost like a sacrifice to the false Gods... Eeeewww... <3<3<3

Divine love and blessings Melanie
new earth portal

Ron Laswell 23rd November 2011 1:20 pm

I love your insight of thanking God in advance because it is the highest form of faith!

SpiritualNurse 23rd November 2011 7:44 pm

Thanks Neale! I completely support this new vision of a Holy Day.

My birthday was yesterday and that is what I spent my morning doing: reflecting on all the awesomeness of the past year and co-creating with Spirit, the coming year. I made a list in my journal of what Spirit and I will accomplish together. I'm open to happy surprises, but we have a pretty super framework already laid out ;)

And thank you for the great prayer :)

SpiritualNurse (sandy)

Eyewitness 17th December 2012 10:52 am

There are millions of us who have been doing this for years and years and still nothing good happens at all. How will you explain how God doesn't give a rip if you suffer horribly or not to those of us who have tried so hard? What exactly is it that were doing wrong and why doesn't this work for all of us? NO MORE false promises please. After all these years of reading and praying and meditating and listening to people like Neal Walsch drone on and on about how easy it is to find happiness and manifest everything you want I still seem to have no relationship with God at all. It's not my choice, it is HIS! I will expect a full apology and a refund from this uncaring God.



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Neale Donald Walsch is a modern day spiritual messenger whose words continue to touch the world in profound ways. With an early interest in religion and a deeply felt connection to spirituality, Neale spent the majority of his life thriving professionally, yet searching for spiritual meaning before beginning his now famous conversation with God.


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