Do atheists/agnostics celebrate Thanksgiving Day?
Historically, Thanksgiving had roots in religious and cultural tradition. And, if they do, who do they give thanks? The picture attached here shows the "Then & Now" before meals, which is quite true.
As an atheist, I just show up for the turkey. And the dressing. I don't particularly give thanks, but on Thanksgiving day I do reflect on the positive things in my life and take time to be grateful for them.
What about the dessert Georgie and the drinks? Lol! Kidding aside, thanks for the reply. I'm working on a research and I appreciate your reply.
I rarely drink, and really dislike pumpkin and sweet potato pie. I'm all bout the turkey and dressing on T-Day!
thanksgiving has never been a religious holiday to anyone i know. sure, some will say grace before they eat but they do that before every meal. thanksgiving is about being thankful, sure as heck not to some god either. it's about being thankful to your family and friends.
i don't know any agnostics or atheists personally. But the way I see it is that one doesn't have to be religious to ber thankful or grateful.
My father was atheist and the rest of our family, including grandma and grandpa, were Christians. (I have written a hub about this.) I don't think Daddy would ever have considered not celebrating Thanksgiving Day, or Christmas, for that matter. I think he looked upon Thanksgiving as another American custom in which to participate. Daddy also looked forward to Christmas and giving gifts to mother and us children.
Thanks MizBejabbers! I will check out that hub of yours. Meanwhile, if I may ask, are you still a practicing Christian, who celebrate Thanksgiving (and Christmas) based on its origin and cultural tradition or simply celebrating just because?
I left mainstream Christianity to pursue what to me is a more satisfying spirituality. I still follow the teachings of Christ, but not the teachings of Paul and his church. Yes, we still love and celebrate Thanksgiving and Christmas.
Thank you MzBejabbers! I really do appreciate your expanded answers.
Hmm? Sure, who doesn't miss out on family gatherings with lots of great home cooked food?
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