Why I'll Probably Never Host Thanksgiving Dinner Again
I'm losing heart with some of my used-to-be favorite holidays. It's like falling out of love. Suddenly, we just don't fit together anymore.
I remember knowing that some grade school friends didn't celebrate certain holidays in their homes and finding their different reasons interesting and understandable. Now I find myself hoping my children will have classmates who can be accepting of the same, because things will be a little different in my house.
I'm not sure exactly how at this point, but I know I'll never again host something called Thanksgiving dinner.
The word "Thanksgiving" will likely never again be sent in a text from my phone to yours, because I wouldn't be sending you many casual texts on the issue of cultural privilege in the so-called founding of the United States.
Don't get me wrong, I love fall with my whole heart, and I love the synchronicity of people getting with loved ones to feast together on the same day of the year. But history tells me Thanksgiving was not that simple or pleasant by a long shot. And it's getting harder for me to ignore.
So, I feel the need to reframe the event for myself and my future family. I'm thinking I'd prefer to rename our mealtime together something like the pretty popular "Gratitude Gathering" and really make the effort/do activities that appreciate each other and all the things we're grateful for during that day.
This is something that feels somewhat complicated for me, but that I have a level of assurance about too. I'd really like to dialogue on the topic, so let me know what you think. Let's talk about it's fresh lol.