Thanksgiving was initially adapted from traditions of harvest festivals. It is a time to notice how much we have.
It is a national holiday, not a religious one. There is controversy; the holiday commemorates the story of indigenous people helping European settlers. That settlement was devastating to the native tribes that supported those Europeans. Is it something we should celebrate? Christopher Columbus is not a uniformly loved fellow. It is something to think about.
The saving grace of all this consumption is that it involves friends and family. I hope it helps you stay close to those who are important to you.
How do you include your friends and family who have different ideas about religion? The richness of eastern Massachusetts is in its diversity, at least it feels that way near the cities. But, we are still largely white. 57.6% of us claim affiliation with a religion. Not to be snarky, but that means nearly half of us have no religious affiliation. Please don’t let the holidays be a time for ill will. There are ways to include everyone.
What are the things we can agree on? What things are givens in your community?
Sharing festive eating?
Sharing festive drinking?
Sharing activities outdoors?
Sharing home decoration?
Parties and gatherings?