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Hi Everyone,

Well, here we are in another Holiday season! Today is Thanksgiving in the U.S., and as is traditional on this day, I gorged myself on turkey, mashed potatoes, stuffing gravy, green beans, cranberrys, buscuits & butter, etc.. now is not the time to think about diets! smile002.gif

Do you celebrate Thanksgiving, and Christmas? I realize that those outside the U.S. probably don't have a Thanksgiving celebration, but I wonder if anybody else celebrates Christmas, even though you're an agnostic. I treat Christmas as a secular holiday and time to be extra thoughtful of others and maybe send them cards or gifts. How about you?

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Days off from work and time with family. That is what Christmas is to me, not celebrating any so called man god.

noworry28 Level 7 Nov 24, 2017

To me, Christmas time = leave the apartment early. I live next to a shopping mall in a complex with no entrance or exits except the one shared with the mall. It take me so much longer just to get on the road. If I am dating someone who celebrates Christmas, I'll join them, but avoid the religious stuff. No midnight mass for me.
Thanksgiving just evolved from other fall harvest feast celebrations. Tying it to stories of Pilgrims came later. In the US, it used to be celebrated on the last Thursday of the month. According to Wikipedia: "On December 26, 1941, President Franklin D. Roosevelt signed a joint resolution of Congress changing the national Thanksgiving Day from the last Thursday in November to the fourth Thursday. Two years earlier, Roosevelt had used a presidential proclamation to try to achieve this change, reasoning that earlier celebration of the holiday would give the country an economic boost."
To me, while Thanksgiving has it's roots in religious celebration of a good harvest, it was officially created as a more secular holiday. While some choose to make it more religious, my family does not. We are thankful for each other and find a way to be together for a few days, once each year.

MrLizard Level 8 Nov 24, 2017

I am good with a day to sit back and share with family and friends with or without the orgiastic feast

btroje Level 9 Nov 24, 2017

I mostly enjoyed the massive feast yearly and as a good reason to reunite with family and friends regardless of where I am in the world. Americans abroad have brought their Thanksgiving feast with them sharing with anyone who cares to take part. Christmas is and always has been internationally celebrated with subtle differences in different countries.

SamL Level 7 Nov 24, 2017

When I'm in the States, I treat both Thanksgiving and Christmas as secular holidays, as they actually are in practice.

Mweens Level 4 Nov 24, 2017

capitalist holidays more than anything


I really don’t like any holidays. I find them to be an added pressure I don’t need or want.

Yeah, the Holidays definitely can be stressful. We don't have any family near to where we live, so at least we don't have that stress.. smile001.gif

the way they are handled here eh? I pointedly try to avoid the standard activities surrounding them


Oooooo! You're making my mouth water! Our Thanksgiving was last month.

The holidays are a time to get together with family and friends, nothing in my circle is religious at this point. I worry a little about the grandchildren but time will tell. smile001.gif

Betty Level 7 Nov 24, 2017

Ah, a Canadian!

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