Every year around this time of the year I find myself explaining to the same people that my family (hubby & #demkids) doesn’t partake in the American traditions of celebrating Thanksgiving and Christmas (or any American holiday, we celebrate our birth anniversaries & marriage anniversaries).
We don’t celebrate Thanksgiving because Thanksgiving marks the beginning of the genocide of the American natives and essentially what was the starting point of slavery. I don’t want to teach my children this happy story of the Native Americans and pilgrims coming together to help each other when the ending of the story is much more gruesome and always deliberately left out of the telling of Thanksgiving. The Native Americans were almost wiped out by violence, disease, and greed and those things are nothing to be “thankful” about IMO.
Yes I am fully aware that over the years Thanksgiving has become a holiday less and less about the Natives and pilgrims and more about families across the country coming together eating and sharing all that they are thankful for. I’m thankful every day, so I don’t see the point in participating in this man made sham of a holiday, in the guise of tribute and celebration of the people who once populated this land and thrived and are subject to living on reservations like an endangered species.
If you think this is something to celebrated that’s great for you, I’m just growing wiry of explaining this “alien” concept every single year.
Christmas on the other hand is easier yet again I find myself explaining why we don’t celebrate it every single year. We (my family) are not Christians and we refuse to buy into the idea that we MUST spend obscene amounts of money on our children during this one day every year just because it’s “tradition” and/or it’s fun. No sir! if #demkids deserve “it” whatever that “it” may be they will get it throughout the year. I will not participate in excessive consumerism that has commercialized Christmas and turned it into a gimmick.
That’s easy enough right? Not really, because people look at us like we have three heads whenever we try to explain why we don’t celebrate majority of the American holidays. It’s like we stepped into the evasion of the body snatchers and we’re the only ones thing for ourselves,and we’re trying to avoid being “snatched”.
We’re happy with our tradition of being non-traditionalists. Especially in the case of traditions that don’t benefit our growth as a family and help make the world a better place.
The point of this is I’m hoping people (family and friends) will stop judging us for not participating because we don’t judge you for participating.