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Why do some not celebrate Thanksgiving?

I thought the whole part of Thanksgiving is a time to refect on the good in your life and be thankful for the wonderful things we do have in our life. Then why do some not celebrate it? Whats the harm? My neighbors are Jehovah's witnesses, and I invited them over to share our meal, but they said they do not celebrate it.

 
WishyClarkson

Asked by WishyClarkson at 3:36 PM on Nov. 25, 2008 in Religion & Beliefs

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  • Ginger is right. basically anything that has to do with "celebration" is shameful and sinful. It was nice of you to offer and trust me, even though they didn't accept the invitation they still appreciate very much in their own way. This is a good time to research about their beliefs and teach your children tolerance of others even if you don't feel the same about some thing as they do.
    Geminus

    Answer by Geminus at 3:42 PM on Nov. 25, 2008

  • Jehovah's Witnesses don't celebrate ANYTHING, including their own birthdays.

    I'm not sure why that it is though.
    Ginger0104

    Answer by Ginger0104 at 3:38 PM on Nov. 25, 2008

  • JW don't celebrate civil holidays. Here's an informative site: http://www.beliefnet.com/Faiths/2000/11/Do-Jehovahs-Witnesses-Do-Thanksgiving.aspx
    BlueFrogMama

    Answer by BlueFrogMama at 3:39 PM on Nov. 25, 2008

  • I was told, by a JW, that they don't celebrate anything because supposedly they are supposed to be striving to be with God, not celebrating anything about this life on earth. The only holiday they celibrate is Easter, and the only thing they do then is take communion...I think.
    mamapotter

    Answer by mamapotter at 3:40 PM on Nov. 25, 2008

  • They do not celebrate anything... Including Easter! They do however hold a meeting in remembrance of the last supper each year on Niasin 14th... They do not celebrate holidays for a number of reasons. Thanksgiving is a holiday that was set to give thanks when they believe EVERYDAY should be spent giving thanks to god... If you want real answers you need to talk to them... There are some great JW groups here. Instead of getting everyones warped views of a religion they know very little about you should go get some answers!
    SabrinaMBowen

    Answer by SabrinaMBowen at 4:09 PM on Nov. 25, 2008

  • two words PERSONAL CHOICE!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! i do but geeze what is with everyone getting on to others that dont do the holidays it is their choice get over it ...
    iloveyall2008

    Answer by iloveyall2008 at 5:16 PM on Nov. 25, 2008

  • well going back to the mayflower and pilgrims ring a bell,anyway they don't want part of this world they are with JESUS and he didn't celebrate it.
    lawla

    Answer by lawla at 5:45 PM on Nov. 25, 2008

  • To SabrinaMBowen thank you for the info, but honestly what makes you think that those here on Cafemom have "warped" views of religion?
    WishyClarkson

    Answer by WishyClarkson at 5:58 PM on Nov. 25, 2008

  • If JW's believe it is shameful to celebrate "earthly" things because they are suppose to be striving to be with God then how is celebrating your b-day related to that? Technically having a birthday means your only one year closer...
    TiffanyLove18

    Answer by TiffanyLove18 at 11:42 PM on Nov. 25, 2008

  • The only mentioned celebrated birthday in the bible is of that King - you know, the one who beheaded John the baptizer. Look into where birthdays originated and all of the traditions, like candles on the cake. Interesting stuff.
    Anonymous

    Answer by Anonymous at 12:09 AM on Nov. 26, 2008