Why I won't be reading posts about Thanksgiving today

@boiboing (12565)
Northampton, England
November 26, 2015 12:55am CST
Most of the world is not giving thanks today at least not in any different way than they do on any of the other 364 days of the year. For all of the world's population bar the 300 million or so US inhabitants, it's just another Thursday. Picking up on a post I just read by @valmnz who urges our US members to turn off their laptops and talk to their families, I've decided that I'm going to just avoid all posts on the subject today in order to do my own little one-cat protest to encourage those people to leave us virtual buddies alone and go back to their real-world loved ones. Happy to keep reading on any other topics but Thanksgiving is out for me. It's on the verge of breaking both the rule about posts that apply to only a part of the membership and the one about 'anniversaries and birthdays'. So have a great day if you're doing your Thanksgiving thing and see you again when the world is back to normal again - whatever normal looks like.
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@WorDazza (10106)
• Manchester, England
26 Nov 15
You old curmudgeon you!!! I knew there was something I liked about you! Moi aussi regarding the thanksgiving stuff.
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@boiboing (12565)
• Northampton, England
26 Nov 15
Next year let's flood the site with posts about Guy Fawkes
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@WorDazza (10106)
• Manchester, England
26 Nov 15
@boiboing And we should also be prolific in our birthday wishes to Her Maj. Both times!!!
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26 Nov 15
@boiboing I actually saw several posts about Mr Fawkes this year
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@Asylum (48281)
• Manchester, England
26 Nov 15
We will encounter a similar situation next month when everyone takes advantage of writing about Christmas.
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@boiboing (12565)
• Northampton, England
26 Nov 15
I think it's pretty inevitable. I like your turkey by the way.
@Asylum (48281)
• Manchester, England
26 Nov 15
@boiboing Nice of you to say that about my Turkey, but kindly put down that knife and fork while you are saying it.
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@boiboing (12565)
• Northampton, England
26 Nov 15
@Asylum You're safe. I'm a fishitarian.
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@valmnz (12758)
• New Zealand
26 Nov 15
I admit I was taken aback at the thought of someone checking in here between courses. It made me want to walk away from my computer.
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@LadyDuck (157607)
• Switzerland
26 Nov 15
I have not yet read your discussion Val, but I agree. Celebrations are personal and we have to dedicate all our time to our family. How can people prepare the lunch, spend time with their family and interact here. I know that I will not be online the day of Christmas.
• United States
26 Nov 15
@LadyDuck You have to remember that some of us are alone, just the two of us. Since we are together 24/7 for the last 14 years I think we spend enough time together! I see nothing wrong with me being on the computer during the day. I don't get on the computer between courses on a normal day so I certainly wouldn't do that today either. My dinner is part ready so I see noting wrong with dropping in here.
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@boiboing (12565)
• Northampton, England
26 Nov 15
@AbbyGreenhill I see nothing wrong with that either. The day I first registered for my first review site was 26th December. It was a year when all my family came, I spent all my time cooking, doing dishes and getting crazy and I ran away and locked myself in the study with my computer. So I do understand.
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@sissy15 (5404)
• United States
27 Nov 15
I didn't have time to be online yesterday, but even still some people eat earlier than others, so they may done with their family get together and just relaxing after. I occasionally do that, but not when I'm actually with my family. My family ate at like 2 pm so we were all done and ready to go by the time most families were getting together. We got home around 6 PM and then went and did some shopping, other wise I may have gotten online I don't know. I've been busy in general lately, but like I said some people may not be with their families. Maybe some of them were writing about it after the fact.
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@PhredWreck (6051)
26 Nov 15
Actually, it isn't anywhere near to breaking any rule about posting, being as so many users are from the USA, and it isn't a 'small group' by any means; also, the other rule regards personal milestones, not holidays, but that is beside the point. And then, I could go on about those that can't spend the day with families, and are sharing their holiday with their myLot family. And then users like me, that will be spending 4-5 hours at my sister's house, but the majority of it alone at my house with Scar; I don't post with my phone anyway, I hate texting, and I'll be posting about what did or didn't happen at Sherri's after I return. But you just go right ahead with your anti-Thanksgiving post stance...that is your right as a member of myLot, to respond or comment...or not...wherever you wish. (Except for anyone that has blocked you, of course )
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@Jessicalynnt (47872)
• Centralia, Missouri
26 Nov 15
no family nearby, would be on the phone, so kinda pointless.
@boiboing (12565)
• Northampton, England
26 Nov 15
That's a shame. Pull up a chair and we're here all day.
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@Drosophila (16711)
• Ireland
26 Nov 15
There was I thinking, thanksgiving has pagan roots! It comes from harvest festivals and used to be celebrated by Britons closest to the autumn equinox (typically in third week of September). Just remember to start flooding myLot with post of "thanksgiving" next year around this time.
@boiboing (12565)
• Northampton, England
26 Nov 15
Random posts on Late August Bank Holiday perhaps.
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@Drosophila (16711)
• Ireland
26 Nov 15
@boiboing That works.. something close to the autumn equinox. The Chinese Lunar festival is also a harvest festival and it's also close to the autumn equinox. So thanksgiving is not an invention of USA "unfortunately".
@hema7213 (3521)
• India
26 Nov 15
happy thanks giving to you dear
@boiboing (12565)
• Northampton, England
26 Nov 15
Thanks but I'm not American so your wishes are rather wasted on me. But have a good day.
@paigea (22199)
• Canada
26 Nov 15
I am happy to read about Thanksgiving even though it not Thanksgiving in Canada. I like to read about celebrations all over the world.
@gudheart (12752)
26 Nov 15
I agree. I will be doing the same on Xmas evening :D Its all about spending time with family :D
@marlina (73884)
• Canada
26 Nov 15
Too many of those Thanksgiving posts already. I'd rather read about something else.
@amnabas (10282)
• Karachi, Pakistan
26 Nov 15
I appretiate your thinking and approach.
@sofssu (14462)
26 Nov 15
We don't celebrate thanksgiving here.. Its lovely to be with family and be grateful for what life has given us.. Yeah you are right about the Happy Thanksgiving posts.. They could get a bit too much if everyone posts them.,
@LadyDuck (157607)
• Switzerland
26 Nov 15
I agree, I join and avoid all discussions about Thanksgiving. You are right about the rules, this sounds like a "personal" celebration, not allowed to be shared.