I’m not sure if the person who wrote this article about feeling conflicted at Thanksgiving is First Nations (or Aboriginal/Indian/Native depending on who you’re talking to and/or what country – or part of the country – you’re in) but the person who posted it to Facebook definitely is which is part of the reason I enjoyed it so much.
I love the parallels the person draws to atheists celebrating Christmas which is something I’ve addressed many times before on this blog. Essentially, the point is that everybody should take what they want from any holiday – the good stuff like time with family and fond memories and so on and leave what they don’t like – religion or guilt about our colonial past or commercialism or what have you.
Because I think it’s possible to take what you like from these holidays. Lots of people celebrate them, but not all for the same reasons. So, if you don’t like why some people celebrate certain holidays, celebrate it for your own reasons! If you like, you can even celebrate those holidays for the opposite reasons that everybody else does! Or, don’t even celebrate it at all!