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5X Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Wed Nov-24-04 11:37 AM
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No Thanksgiving This Year
The celebration of the fall harvest and in some areas an almost religous giving of thanks does not quite seem appropriate this year. The harvest this year consists of war dead, civilians and soldiers, fascism and corporatism instead of democracy, and four more years of huge profits for friends of george.
I won't be celebrating thanksgiving or any other holidays this year but instead will avoid any shopping except for necessities. I will be actively boycotting republican owned and supporting businesses. I will speak out when ever possible against the war and the theft of our democracy. This will be my gift to family and friends for this
holiday season.
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indigobusiness Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Wed Nov-24-04 11:44 AM
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1. Give thanks that things aren't worse.
Because, they could be.
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Pegleg Thd Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Wed Nov-24-04 11:44 AM
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2. We stopped celebrating any holidays
religious or otherwise after the 2000 coup by the bushit crime family. This will continue as long as a single repuke lives!!! :puke: :puke: :puke: :puke: :puke: :puke: :puke: :puke: :puke: :puke: :puke: :puke: :puke:
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candy Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Wed Nov-24-04 11:49 AM
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4. Are you serious? Are there young children in the family?------
No criticism intended just curious how you could pull this off!
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Bridget Burke Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Thu Nov-25-04 06:57 AM
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22. The Christian Reconstructionists applaud your decision.
One of their minor issues (beneath the subjugation of women & the return of slavery) is the abolition of the Godless Popish/Pagan holidays. Which means nearly all of them.

More time to work!

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buckettgirl Donating Member (608 posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Wed Nov-24-04 11:49 AM
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3. how pessimistic!
Do you not have anything in your personal life to be thankful for??
Inspite of all the bad in the world, there is always hope and there is always something to be thankful for.
I am thankful that my husband was able to find work within a week after being laid-off. I am thankful that I am able to attend college full-time. I am thankful for my family and for my health. I am thankful for my 4 cockatiels and my cat. I am thankful for having such generous friends who help us at the drop of a hat. I am thankful we can pay the bills and aren't drowning in debt anymore. I am thankful that I can finally afford to buy christmas presents for my family. I am thankful for my marriage and my husband. I am thankful for everything I have.
Thank Goddess and God for giving these to me.

It surely isn't selfish to be thankful for things like this...If we all focused on the outside world 100% of time, how could we ever really appreciate what we have when we're not paying attention to it?
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Reality Not Tin Foil Donating Member (325 posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Wed Nov-24-04 12:16 PM
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9. Great post!
Happy Thanksgiving to you and yours! :)
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hippywife Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Wed Nov-24-04 06:08 PM
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12. Yes he does.
Me, his wife! :)

But I agree, while there is so much misery in the world, I don't see the point in celebrating two of the most over indulgent holidays of the year. While our troops are away from their families and malnutrition among Iraqi children has doubled since the war of aggression started, I really don't feel too festive.

Do what you like but we will be recognizing the sacrifice and suffering of others by not participating in the retched excesses that usually mark this season. Instead we will be providing for those less fortunate in our own community.
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ekhunter Donating Member (118 posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Wed Nov-24-04 07:54 PM
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20. I am thankful you are providing for those less fortunate in your
community. thank you
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demnan Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Wed Nov-24-04 11:53 AM
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5. I can't give up the holidays
My Democratic family and I need some cheering up. However, I still plan to actively participate in demonstrations about the stolen vote. RedefeatBush.com has a counter-inauguration planned.
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Pegleg Thd Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Wed Nov-24-04 12:06 PM
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6. No young kids.
Wife and I live alone. Both have serious health problems. Barely survive on social security. Can't afford everything needed for celebration. So why bother. Holidays have never really been important to us. They are just pagan rituals.. :eyes:
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Bridget Burke Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Wed Nov-24-04 12:20 PM
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11. What's wrong with pagan rituals?
They're the best kind.
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UdoKier Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Wed Nov-24-04 12:08 PM
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7. With so much suffering going on in the world, I'm all the more thankful
...and I'm an atheist. We will celebrate this year, and send out our hopes that things get better.
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Reality Not Tin Foil Donating Member (325 posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Wed Nov-24-04 12:15 PM
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8. It's not all about politics!
Personally, I look forward to seeing Grandmaw, Mom, my sister, my brother in law, and my nephews this weekend. It's going to be a great time! And guess what? I doubt politics will even come-up...Mostly because I'm about the only political junkie in the family.

And get this...

Mom is a REPUKE!!! GASP!!!!!!





If you're this upset, I suggest getting out of politics alltogether. You're not made for it. Me? Over the last 30 years, I've been up, down, and agnostic. It's all part of the game...And that won't ever change.
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flordehinojos Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Wed Nov-24-04 12:17 PM
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10. i stand with you.
I too find it confusing to think about giving thanks when as you so well put it, "The harvest this year consists of war dead, civilians and soldiers, fascism and corporatism instead of democracy, and four more years of huge profits for friends of george."

I do thank God for the Blessings that myself and my family have received but I do this every day and I just cannot bring myself to hosting, having, or attendign any thanksgiving dinners.

Postponing Thanksgiving Fest 'till there is a recount, the rightfully elected president sits at the oval office, fascism is ebbing and sanity has returned to our democracy, or until GWB and his goons are out of office!

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deep sea Donating Member (69 posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Wed Nov-24-04 06:13 PM
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13. Yea but....
What about turkey and gravy..
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hippywife Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Wed Nov-24-04 06:36 PM
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14. Well...
The turkey is already in the White House and the corporations have gobbled up all the gravy. }(
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karlrschneider Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Wed Nov-24-04 06:44 PM
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16. I feel guilty for laughing at that!
:D
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Kathy in Cambridge Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Wed Nov-24-04 06:39 PM
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15. *sniff* *sniff*
I smell pizza!

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hippywife Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Thu Nov-25-04 06:13 AM
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21. I think maybe
Edited on Thu Nov-25-04 06:30 AM by hippywife
we'll never know since this person didn't put up a profile but I didn't see anything but humor in what he/she posted anyway.

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ekhunter Donating Member (118 posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Wed Nov-24-04 06:52 PM
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17. you have many things to be thankful for i'm sure, but it's your
choice not celebrate the holiday. i sure hoop your outlook on life improves. good luck to you.
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Mz Pip Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Wed Nov-24-04 07:01 PM
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18. Not about to give up
my family celebrations because of the turkey in the White House.

I love making a big feast for my family and friends. My son flew home from NY and he and his brother have regressed to 14 year olds playing video games and telling dumb jokes. They are making me laugh as I bake the pies and cook up the cranberries. Grandparents are driving down tomorrow. Who knows, it could be our last holiday together.

Honestly, I think the freepers would be just thrilled if they thought they had ruined even family holidays for us. Not gonna let that happen. I still have plenty to be thankful for. Pass the eggnog please. :-)

Mz Pip
:dem:
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anarchy1999 Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Wed Nov-24-04 07:50 PM
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19. Thank you for saying it so well. The emotion you expressed is everything
Edited on Wed Nov-24-04 07:52 PM by anarchy1999
I've been feeling for days. It is very hard to even begin to contemplate going out and spending money tomorrow while at the same time I think of Iraq, Fallujah and all the others, just like us across the sea.

What exactly is it we are giving "thanks" for? What does this "holiday" really mean?

By the way, welcome to DU.
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callous taoboy Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Thu Nov-25-04 10:10 AM
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23. May I be excused?
Edited on Thu Nov-25-04 10:14 AM by Callous Taoboys
I am boycotting the family thanksgiving today. There have been too many words between us, nasty insinuations about my liberal beliefs have been left on my coffee table for me to read later after they have visited (e.g. we liberals are actually tittering with glee with each G.I. death in Iraq). Last time I visited with the folks it was painfully awkward because we really had nothing to say. Somehow we limped upon a discussion of news, they claiming that fox news is fair and balanced.
I, of course, politely disagreed and was soundly thrashed, and before I knew it my step-mother was spewing some nonsense about how gay marriage would produce a backlash of divorce amongst both gay and straight couples.

My time off is like gold to me, my family more like tarnished copper at this time. So I plan to fast and take a hike.
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