On this Thanksgiving-themed episode of “The Federalist Radio Hour,” Senior Editor Christopher Bedford and Culture Editor Emily Jashinsky discuss the importance of spending time with family, taking days off, slowing down, and expressing gratitude for the many blessings that grace our country.
“I like being closed on Thanksgiving. We also should just get back, in general, to Thanksgiving being what it’s actually meant to be: a holiday for thanksgiving — people who are starving, people who created a self-governing community, folks who basically were far from home, far from where they intended to be, far from Europe, not even near the Virginia colonies that survived the winter, they met some new friends, they got together to celebrate the harvest and give thanks to God,” Bedford said.
“It can be easy to get away from that with Thanksgiving, with football, and just the gluttony and the chores and all the things you’re doing, the cleaning and the cooking. It’s like hold on a second to stop and slow it down for a second and remember that while this is not a religious holiday — like Easter is a religious holiday, like Christmas is — it is a holiday to give thanks to God for our country and for our family and for what we have, even if it is not exactly what we planned and even if it’s different from where we set out for,” he added.
Despite our culture’s increasingly secular tilt, Jashinsky said she believes people can find hope in holidays such as Thanksgiving.
“These holidays can go by so reflexively and just so automatically, but we’ve gone through two tough pandemic years that have accelerated a lot of dangerous anti-human, uncomfortable cultural trends, and I think people are really looking for more, and one place they can find them is in our traditions,” Jashinsky said.