Thanksgiving dates back hundreds of years. Thanking God for the harvest is an important part of our religious lives. Indeed, Thanksgiving belongs to prayer.
Over 1,000 years ago Christians confronted these pagan rites of appeasing the lord of death and evil spirits. But the early Christians didn't simply speak out; they tried to institute a Christian alternative. All Hallow's Day (November 1) was a celebration of all "the holies" – those people who had died faithful to Christ.