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February 27, 2015
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We all know that secular traditions have gradually overshadowed the religious origins of Christmas, but did you know the same is true of Thanksgiving? While the Butterballs and Macy’s Thanksgiving Day Parades of the world distract us with stories of Pilgrims and Indians (which, like Santa Claus and reindeer, are fun for the kids but have little to do with the true meaning of the holiday), we felt it important to take a look at the lesser-known religious origins of Thanksgiving.


After defying God by tasting the apple of knowledge, Adam and Eve were tempted for a second time when the snake offered them a plate of yams with marshmallows melted on top. This is why to this day we still say “I really shouldn’t” before receiving seconds.


In addition to Jesus, several thieves and one turkey were also crucified on the mount. Jesus’ only sin was loving humanity and teaching the word of the Lord, while the turkey’s only sin was being too delicious.

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