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does anyone know of alternative ways to spend thanksgiving?

i'm at the point now where i don't want to celebrate thanksgiving anymore because of the history of genocide, oppression, and colonization connected to it, and i'm trying to find alternative ways of spending that day/holiday season. i searched online but there don't seem to be many sources out there for it, and while i realize i could just ignore it and not recognize it as a holiday (which i may do), i didn't know if it would be more productive to spend it in a way either trying to give back to the american indian community, to raise awareness for the genocide that took place, etc.

what do people think?

note: i'm not trying to start an argument about whether or not a genocide really happened or not or whether the actions of the explorers/colonists can be justified. i'm just looking for productive/alternative ideas on how to spend the holiday.

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From:gleep
Date:November 20th, 2008 05:49 am (UTC)
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I don't care for Christmas, I don't believe in god and I don't like the idea of faith. BUT, it is a great time to get together with my family, laugh, drink, eat and generally enjoy each others company. Nobody mentions god, nobody says grace, it is in no way a religious celebration. If anything, it is a family tradition.

If your family are really into the thanksgiving ceremony and complete denial of the negative aspects, could you perhaps spend the day with friends who feel the same way you do?
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