With Thanksgiving less than a week away, I feel should mention this. I’ve heard the claim that Thanksgiving was a pagan holiday. This claim is nonsense.
Thanksgiving is not a pagan holiday. It’s an American holiday. Big difference, as Thanksgiving has nothing to do religion or spirituality, let alone pagan spirituality. It’s not a Christian holiday either, despite the religious overtones sometimes provided by the pilgrims, and Abraham Lincoln, who first declared Thanksgiving as a national holiday in 1863. There was a Christian theme, but it was never Christian. It was just American, just that people thanked “God”.
Keep in mind though, there is a debate about when the first Thanksgiving was and whether the Thanksgiving feasts before 1863 are the same, or just religious feasts (that probably don’t appear in the Bible anyway). Tradition holds that the first Thanksgiving feast was in 1621, when pilgrims held a feast with the native Americans; that is before they decided to kill them. But Abraham Lincoln first established Thanksgiving as a national holiday in 1863. In my personal opinion, the Thanksgiving holiday that was established in 1863 is a secular holiday with some religious themes (or it used to have them), based around the feasts of the pilgrims.
It’s still not a Christian holiday, let alone a pagan one. It’s an American holiday, celebrating American history.