Thanksgiving requires an object that is personal and deserving. To fail to be thankful to God is not being honest nor giving to God what he is due.
One of the qualities necessary for true praise to take place is personality. If there is no person, then there can be no praise for only persons can receive praise. That’s why, if a song is beautiful, we praise the composer. If a painting is noteworthy, we honor the painter. If a building is magnificent, we congratulate the architect. In the same way, if a rose is worthy of admiration, that praise should go to the Creator. So, if we are delighting in a sunset, if we are being honest, we are delighting in the one that made the sunset. And if we are not, then we are committing a crime of enormous proportions.