In elementary school, like many of us, I was taught that Thanksgiving was a beautiful moment in our country’s history. Friendly white people sailed over on the Mayflower and befriended the Natives who taught them how to hunt and grow crops. The two groups celebrated their new friendship with a three-day feast that included turkeys, corn, and potatoes, and they all lived in harmony for years to come. It was a great story, filled with struggle and triumph. Unfortunately, that's just a myth.
So, understandably, there are some people who choose not to observe Thanksgiving, given that the real story is rarely told. If you choose not to have a Thanksgiving feast, there are other ways to spend the day, the following day, or even the week. Below, you’ll find nine Thanksgiving alternatives you can check out, from National Day Of Mourning protests to The Indigenous Peoples Sunrise Ceremony.