How to explain Thanksgiving to Kids:
When we’ve, collectively, been asked to explain Thanksgiving to kids and wanted to approach it with a modern and honest, progressive, inclusive answer, some of us have been at a loss for words. The brutality, deception, racism, and genocide are honestly too much to include in the story of an American tradition that is based on the struggles, challenges, and determination of the first and earliest European Americans. Thanksgiving is, really, some Americans’ favorite holiday.
So Let’s take a stab at a script for progressive parents faced with the challenge of explaining Thanksgiving to kids without inducing nightmares.
A long time ago, when the first Americans came from Europe, they had a really hard time surviving their first winter. The next year, they worked really hard and made friends with some of the Native Americans that lived near them. That fall, in 1621, they celebrated their hard work with a harvest festival. The settlers invited their Native American friends to join in the feast. The first Thanksgiving lasted for 3 days and everybody had plenty to eat, including turkey, cranberries and pumpkins. Every year, we celebrate Thanksgiving as a time to be thankful of all the things that we have in our lives…
More information about how to explain Thanksgiving to kids can be found here.
For the Adults:
The settlers at Plymouth, Massachusetts had a very tough first winter, with nearly half of the settlers dying. The next year, the remaining settlers worked very diligently to establish food stores to get them through the next winter.
Over time the tradition of thanksgiving feasts ebbed and flowed, but the slaughter of the Native Americans grew until 95% of all Native Americans were murdered
, nearly 12 million innocent Native Americans.
The tradition of murder continues, the United States kills 300 million turkeys each year, 45 million are murdered to celebrate Thanksgiving alone.
In the fall of 1621, these settlers held a harvest feast which lasted 3 days. As they had recently signed a peace treaty with a nearby Indian tribe, the Indians
were invited and brought a lot of venison to the feast. The next several years found the Indians more likely to be murdered by the settlers than to be invited to the fall harvest feast.
What you can do:
It is no wonder that the United States and Americans in general are considered to be more agressive and violent by much of the world. The United States is built upon the killing of innocent people and animals.
Fortunately you can make a difference. Say no to the killing and choose a vegetarian option. Think different, think Tofurky.