Some people may think I’m a poor excuse for a Pagan because I celebrate Christmas as well as Yule. I have long since stopped seeing the Christmas season in a Christian way. I do not go to Church for special holiday services, nor do I spread Christian beliefs. What I do, however, is exchange gifts with my family on Christmas morning, enjoy a special breakfast and dinner later in the day. I see the holiday season as a means to living according to the 9 virtues of ADF. Hospitality in particular but also integrity. I enjoy spreading the love and light that the season inspires in all of us. Helping other people and reaching out for assistance when needed brings people together. Whether these are of Pagan origin or not, I could care less. They are positive intentions no matter what spiritual path you follow. Kindness is not bound by religion.
Thanksgiving itself is a mixture of two different traditions: the Native Americans and the God-fearing Pilgrims. Although what happened is romanticized, it is safe to say that they did come together on common ground and the story is supposed to inspire us to look past our differences and see how we’re alike. As Data once said, “We are more alike, then unalike, my dear Captain.”