For all who celebrate this holiday, there is great joy in taking a step back from our outrageously busy schedules to gather with loved ones and give thanks for our myriad blessings in this life.
For many, however, there is also a sense of sadness for the 46 million turkeys that lose their lives each year in the name of tradition.
This was my submission this year to the 46millionturkeys exhibit at the Harlow Gallery in Hallowell, Maine. I chose to portray white turkeys (the kind raised for slaughter) rather than wild turkeys (the kind most often [misleadingly] depicted in Thanksgiving-related graphics).
I understand the importance of tradition, really I do. I grew up in a house with two religions and two nationalities; a huge part of my upbringing consisted of sharing, understanding, and celebrating different traditions.
But I also believe that traditions can, and should, evolve and change based on the development of society and social consciousness. It is not mandatory that a holiday designed to celebrate life, gratitude, and family relationships must have a symbol of death as its very centerpiece. There are other ways to show your appreciation for life’s bounties.
I am starting a new tradition of celebrating turkeys rather than celebrating the consumption of a turkey. Today I am sharing my celebration on the Chic Vegan blog. Click here to read the post and to learn how to make this silly little guy:
Wishing everyone a peaceful and joyful holiday.
6 thoughts on “Celebrating Turkeys”
Love this post and you art! Happy turkey-free Thanksgiving!
Thanks, girl, you too! Hope it was a great one!
Those are wonderful birds that you crafted. Did you make them out of clay? I hope that you have a terrific Thanksgiving!
Thanks! I made them out of Sculpey (my favorite! I think it’s a type of clay?). Hope you had a wonderful day!
I’m with you on questioning traditions and choosing new ones when appropriate. Love this post!! I just celebrated my second non-turkey Thanksgiving and it was wonderful. Who needs a dead bird to have fun. Celeste 🙂
Thanks Celeste! And sorry for the late response. So glad to hear your second non-turkey Thanksgiving was great 🙂