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My Thanksgiving Alternative

That is a HOT fire! My candle half melted!

As I'm sure I've mentioned before, the American Thanksgiving holiday bothers me, and I stopped celebrating it many years ago.  I still visit with family--we visited my mom today--but the day does not hold the same meaning for me that it does for most Americans.  For me, it's just another Thursday.  I take advantage of the quiet to get things done, to rest up, and to generally just unwind.  I don't overindulge in food or drink, and though I generally give thanks every day for my many blessings, I just don't make a big deal out of it on this particular day.  Instead, I celebrate Lughnasad, the first harvest, on August 1.
This year, when considering alternatives to the traditional Thanksgiving, I thought of ways to reach out to indigenous peoples everywhere and help.  I decided to do a simple meditation, which I called the Ritual for All People. I simply meditated on the ways in which all people are fundamentally the same.  I…