Do you or don't you celebrate???

United States
November 5, 2007 6:36am CST
So today I started wondering about something. As we all know there are people who don't celebrate holidays like Christmas or birthdays. Most of the time it is because of thier religion. So I was wondering. Those that don't celebrate holidays like that, do they still celebrate Thanksgiving? The reason I am asking is because Thanksgiving is not a holiday around religion to me. It is a day that we show thanks for what we have. I would like to hear from everyone on this. Especially those that don't celebrate Christmas or Birthdays. Please share with me why or why not, that you don't celebrate Thanksgiving.
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@KrauseHome (35507)
• United States
5 Nov 07
This is a Great point you have shared, because Thanksgiving is just a time to Celebrate being Thankful for what we have, and remember the Friendships made the first Thanksgiving so long ago. Honestly, to me, I cannot imagine not celebrating Thanksgiving and sharing in the wonderful food, but I know some friends I have from where I work who are Jehovah Witness, and they do not even Celebrate Thanksgiving. Have never understood the true meaning behind this either. Maybe we will have someone here explain it on this post?
• United States
5 Nov 07
I sure hope so. Because it doesn't make any sense at all. One lady said the reason was because it doesn't mention celebrating it in the bible. Well obviously it won't because the starting of Thanksgiving happened way after the bible, plus has nothing to do with religion.
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• United States
5 Nov 07
Yeah, it is a governmental declared holiday.
@Mare73 (1335)
• United States
5 Nov 07
I know that Jehovahs Witnesses for one do not celebrate ANYTHING, except for their wedding anniversary. As for me I celebrate every holiday except for Halloween. I've never been a big traditional type of person so getting together with family etc isn't my thing I just do things at home with my significant other and kid(s). Afterwards we go visit his peoples and I go visit mine afterwards. When it comes to Easter I don't get caught up in the whole easter basket/bunny thing. To me Easter is about Christ's ressurection so I go to church and thank Him for His sacrifice. Christmas is about Jesus' birthday and I try to go to church and thank God for giving us His Son. Thanksgiving to me is about being thankful for all we have, for all we've accomplished, the family we have, etc... We should be thanking our Higher Power (to me it's Jesus) but I know everyone has their beliefs and that's cool. Let's see whatelse... I think that's all. Bye.
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• United States
5 Nov 07
Thanks for the response. I couldn't remember what religion it was that didn't celebrate any holidays. Thanks for reminding me. So do you happen to know why Jehovahs don't celebrate Thanksgiving? Because to me Thanksgiving doesn't have anything to do with religion. So why wouldn't they celebrate it?
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@Mare73 (1335)
• United States
5 Nov 07
I studied with JW for almost 2 years and in the bible the only thing that is referrenced as being celebrated was a wedding; which is why the only thing JW's celebrate is a wedding anniversary.
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@lightningMD (5932)
• United States
5 Nov 07
We celebrate all the Holidays,but Thanksgiving is my favorite. There is no I want this or hurried shopping. It's just a day for family and friends to gather together and be thankful for what they have. We cook the traditional turkey meal. Eat to much and watch the Lions play football.Then we have dessert at halftime of the game.
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• United States
5 Nov 07
Thanksgiving isn't my favorite. But I do really enjoy getting together with family, friends, and being thankful for what we have. So what's for desert this year???
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@laurika (4536)
• United States
5 Nov 07
Hi speedy. So let me tell you abou myself. I celebrate Christmas and birthdays, but specialy Christmas, because I think they are the most beautiful holiday. I just love that time, when you can spend ime with your family, play the board games, watch the cartoon, read the book...It is really nice time for me. But we don't celebrate Thanksgiving day, not beucase religion or something, but becuase we don't know this holiday in my coutry. I mean year we were learning about it, that it is in USA, but it is not tradition to celebrate. So this year since I am in USA it would be my first thanksgiving. The holiday are not only about religion, but also about if the nation know this holiday.
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• Canada
5 Nov 07
We celebrate all of the holidays; birthdays, Christmas, Thanksgiving, Hallowe'en, Easter, etc but the only difference is here in Canada our Thanksgiving is on October 8th. Also our Canada Day is July 1st and your Independance Day is July 4th. Other then that the holidays are pretty much the same! PurpleTeddyBear.
• United States
5 Nov 07
I celebrate every holiday like easter, christmas, halloween, and thanksgiving. I couldnt not have turky and stuffing and mashed potatos on thankgiving. Its a great time to get together with family and eat till you cant eat no more. LOL.
• China
5 Nov 07
Since my traumatic 12 year old birthday,I have never ever had any birthday celebration.,but,I enjoy beng in my friends birthday party.
• United States
5 Nov 07
Okay, Did you even read this discussion???? Yes I mentioned birthdays. But this was a discussion about those that don't celebrate any holidays, whether they celebrate Thanksgiving or not. Particulaly Jehovahs. They don't celebrate anything except wedding anniversaries. I do see that you are new to mylot, so I recommend in the future you actually read the whole discussion and not just the first line or two.
@cdv102 (132)
• United States
5 Nov 07
I celebrate everything--and of course looove Thanksgiving--but my best friend was a Jehovah's Witness for many years and only celebrated her wedding anniversary, basically because according to them all other holidays are manmade and therefore should not be observed. It was something we definitely discussed a lot and just agreed to disagree about. She would have dinner with her family on Christmas or Thanksgiving, but would not acknowledge the holiday itself. But now she is not practicing anymore and because she didn't want her young son to feel left out at school, she has started celebrating holidays and birthdays again. Also, I do know some people from other countries who of course don't celebrate Thanksgiving since it isn't part of their cultural upbringing.
• United States
5 Nov 07
Thanks so much for your response. Yours is the first to actually make sense as to why Jehovahs don't celebrate Thanksgiving. Now, I still don't agree with it. But it does seem to make a little sense.
• United Arab Emirates
5 Nov 07
birthday celebrations, birthday parties, xmas cele - birthday celebrations, birthday parties, xmas celebrations
Yes. We do celebrate birthdays. We normally go out for dinner. I get presents from my hubby. Birthday's are to be celebrated.
• United States
5 Nov 07
Thanks for your comment. But the discussion was mainly about Thanksgiving and the fact that some religions don't celebrate any holidays including Thanksgiving. Which in my opinion has nothing to do with religion. But I do appreciate your comment anyways.
@morgandrake (2140)
• United States
5 Nov 07
For me, Thanksgiving is just another work day--ahh, the joys of being a self-employed writer and college student. And considering it is just me and the wife, we buy a chicken from Boston Market the day before, and that is that. I don't celebrate my birthday because of my childhood. I am the oldest of eight kids in a really poor family, and have a sister who has a birthday just a couple of weeks after mine; so I was raised to sacrifice my birthday to allow mom to have money to buy my sister presents. The same thing was true of Xmas. I learned that Santa Claus did not actually exist at a young age because I had to be convinced to give that idea up. So I tend to not celebrate anything. And when I chose my religion, it was one that used a set of holidays that sometimes occur at different times than the Christian schedule, and at equal points around the year. Eight times a year, I have the option of giving thanks--it makes thanksgiving look just like a big excuse to eat and watch football. Most of the Christian holidays look extremely commerical in comparsion also. And so it goes.
• United States
5 Nov 07
Thanks for sharing. If you don't mind me asking. What religion are you? What are the holidays that they celebrate? and When are they? I would be interested in knowing more.
• Singapore
6 Nov 07
I think this depends on where you are. In e.g. the United States, it is a public holiday. In e.g. Singapore where I am at, it is just a normal day and the day passes without anyone the wiser. :P
@femimi (872)
• Indonesia
6 Nov 07
In my country, there is no thanksgiving. I celebrate christmas, but never celebrate thanksgiving, because not a tradition here. Birthday ?? Maybe we celebrate our kids b'day more intense than own b'day :D
@fanji008 (782)
• China
6 Nov 07
I do celebrate some holidays and in my country almost everybody celebrate the traditional festivals,like Spring Festival. Family members get together and talk with each other about recent life. When it's birthday time,we invite friends to attend the birthday party. We sing song,we chat and we laugh. I think that's a very nice feeling so I do celebrate the special days:)
• Philippines
6 Nov 07
I do not celebrate thanksgiving because... I am not living in USA or Canada. What I know is that it is done to celebrate the first harvest.
@vokey9472 (1488)
• United States
5 Nov 07
I have never thought about it. That is a really good question. I have known people who didn't celebrate birthdays and other holidays for religious reasons, but it never occurred to me to wonder about Thanksgiving. I don't think I could ever give up my holidays. I love them all so much. It will be interesting to see what other people have to say.