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MLAN613 Posts: 19,015
11/28/13 1:26 P

In my family, both holidays are equally important and we spend time together during both.

ETHELMERZ Posts: 20,685
11/27/13 9:08 P

I think Thanksgiving is important, because, after a whole year of constant nagging to "not eat this and not eat that", people finally feel it's OK to actually eat some food that tastes good for a change, and these holidays gives them a chance to do that, enjoy each others company, and cook something that is fun.

FENWAYGIRL18 Posts: 5,868
11/27/13 7:34 P

Although I love Thanksgiving , Christmas is more important to me and it's not even about presents in my book. I think people make more of an effort to come home for Christmas, it just seems there's more of a good about people then, that's when you'll see people giving more to charities especially when it comes to kids so they have a nice Christmas, I think even the people who are a little cold hearted seem to melt down a bit.
Christmas just seems more family oriented like watching the Christmas specials with your kids and just seems like there's more tradition during the holiday.
Whatever your religion people just seem a bit more nicer there's just a magic in the air I think, I mean I'm Catholic so there's other meanings to me, but it just seems people come together during this time.

SHERYLDS Posts: 17,483
11/27/13 6:30 P

When I think about it....Thanksgiving is just a 1 day (maybe a weekend) holiday.
Christmas goes on all thru December...between get togethers with friends, holiday luncheons at work, Christmas buffets in the office, family get togethers (that you won't see on Christmas), Christmas Eve celebrations (and midnight mass), and then finally the big day. And sometimes you get together after Dec 25 for friends too busy to meet before. So is Christmas a big deal...YES

EMPRESSAMQ Posts: 5,077
11/27/13 6:20 P

I don't think it can be generalized. Americans are a diverse group of people and have all sorts of traditions.

To clarify my previous response ...

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11/27/13 4:20 P

For us also - Thanksgiving is like the warm-up to Christmas.

MISSJANE55 SparkPoints: (42,272)
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11/27/13 4:04 P

I think that in our country Thanksgiving begins the long marathon of holiday insanity: followed by the biggest shopping day of the year, seems like the whole country goes into over indulge mode from eating to shopping. I've learned, finally, never to travel at this time, airports are absolutely impossible and air fare is jacked up.

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11/27/13 12:38 P

When I was growing up, Christmas was a bigger deal with my family than Thanksgiving. And not because of the presents. Christmas was when the extended family (distant cousins, relatives from out of town) all came "home" to celebrate. Thanksgiving is what the individual families celebrated on their own. Christmas everyone got together at my aunt's house. It was a tradition we had for many many years.

These days ? I think that Thanksgiving, Christmas and New Year's have been merged into one big holiday season.

I was shocked the day I heard my favorite oldies radio station start playing Christmas music on Veteran's Day !! Sorry, I'm a firm believer that Christmas doesn't start until after the turkey carcass has been turned into soup. We barely get to celebrate Thanksgiving before it's on to Christmas.

It's just one big holiday, where one merges into the other.

LOUNMOUN Posts: 1,334
11/27/13 12:10 P

I think Christmas is a much bigger deal than Thanksgiving.
Thanksgiving you might get together with people and have food on one day but that is pretty much it.
Christmas is more like a whole month of activities, expectations and gatherings.

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11/27/13 11:59 A

My impression is that, for most people in the US, Christmas is a MUCH bigger deal. We are an incredibly acquisitive culture and Christmas is about stuff for most people, so there you go.

My family is not religious and not terribly materialistic, so Thanksgiving is more important for us.

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11/27/13 11:54 A

I favor Christmas, but both are important family days with a time to reconnect.

RIVETPA Posts: 1,177
11/27/13 11:41 A

True, but in this context I'm asking specifically about how Americans see Thanksgiving and Christmas.

Not from a global perspective - from an American perspective - in this context only.

EMPRESSAMQ Posts: 5,077
11/27/13 10:20 A

I don't think it is something that can be generalized. People in all countries celebrate different holidays depending on what is important to them individually.

And it is true that not all people celebrate Christmas. Not all people celebrate the Solstice.

I celebrate both and Thanksgiving, too.

We are a diverse world and more alike than we are different, whatever country we happen to live in.

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11/27/13 9:51 A

Thanksgiving has long been my favorite holiday (it was probably Christmas as a kid). I like the family get together without all the stress that Christmas seems to bring to so many people.

I also feel that the meaning of Christmas has been lost on the vast majority. It's become a retail holiday.

KKKAREN Posts: 12,754
11/27/13 9:47 A

Being together and sharing a meal is equally important to my family for both holidays.

CHEETARA79 Posts: 3,940
11/27/13 8:55 A

Not all Americans celebrate Christmas. I don't. I'm Jewish. So yeah, I make a way bigger deal out of Thanksgiving than Christmas!

ERICREH Posts: 4,160
11/27/13 8:50 A

To me it seems that Thanksgiving is just the warm-up for the Christmas season.

RIVETPA Posts: 1,177
11/27/13 8:48 A

As a Canadian on this board, surrounded by mainly Americans... what's your thought on this:

Do Americans make a bigger deal of Thanksgiving than Christmas?

I always thought they do - seems to be much more togetherness of family and stuff like that for Thanksgiving than for Christmas - or am I wrong?

Not that it's a bad thing - here in Canada, Thanksgiving is in October, so by the time Christmas comes around we're lookin forward to more of that...

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