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Halloween celebrates Gluttony and Greed.
Thanksgiving celebrates Gluttony and Sloth.
Christmas celebrates Greed and Envy.
Valentine's Day celebrates Lust and Envy.
The Fourth of July celebrates Wrath and Pride.

What does it say about Americans that our secular holidays (yes, I know, some of these have religious roots, but they are secular holidays as well, here) are all about the seven deadly sins?

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I just want to mention that Thanksgiving only celebrates Sloth for those who are NOT doing the cooking! :)

I'd say Gluttony is good though. And maybe Pride for us cooks.

And a veritable seasonal cornucopia of the rest if one gets together with extended family...

Happy Thanksgiving!

"Many of the truths we cling to depend greatly on our point of view."

I think you're confusing what the holiday celebrates with the ways in which the majority of the population celebrate them.

Thanksgiving celebrates gratitude.
Christmas celebrates generosity.
Valentine's Day celebrates love.
The Fourth of July celebrates freedom.

I don't know about Halowe'en, I think maybe that celebrates not being eaten by monsters. But, the point stands. ;)

Re: "Many of the truths we cling to depend greatly on our point of view."

I do actually know what each of the holidays purports to celebrate, really. *grin*

Re: "Many of the truths we cling to depend greatly on our point of view."

Halloween, or, rather, All Hallow's Eve, is a time of respect for the spirits of those who've passed on.

Re: "Many of the truths we cling to depend greatly on our point of view."

You beat me to it. :o

Anyways, I agree.

I'd say that Halloween celebrates fun, mischieviousness, and the many aspects of our personality.

Yanno, that's pretty cynical. I mean, for me, only Xmas seems to be really about the greed. Just my opinion.

Beleive it or not, I agree with her. I think she's absolutely correct. Despite the origins of the holidays, that is what they have become. This is what they have been popularized as, especially in the last twenty years or so. I don't hear about how good a time a couple had on Valentine's Day - I hear about breakups, affairs, and worse. All people do on Thanksgiving (generally) is pig out and sit around watching TV or talking. Halloween's gotten to the point where its all about gettin' that candy, man.

The only one I don't really agree with is the Fourth, and that's just 'cause its more about the fireworks nowadays than anything else.

Ah, thanks for that. I was only pinning one sin per holiday...
Thanksgiving - Gluttony
Christmas - Greed
Valentine's - Lust
Fourth of July - Pride
Labor Day - Sloth

I didn't have anything for Envy or Wrath...

We are, after all a nation of sheep.
owned by pigs,
and controlled by wolves.

No surprises.


it's because those sins are so much fun!!