Although Thanksgiving is a holiday that really has nothing to do with the Hellenic religion, and is one that I personally ignore all the propaganda surrending it (you know what I mean…the cherub-like pilgrims and the smiling happy natives) when we all know that that is not how it got down, it is one that I do celebrate as a gathering of family in celebration of the things which they can be thankful for from the year, and the bountiful food that the harvest yeilded, despite that most of us are completely unconnected to the harvest itself but can still give thanks for our blessings for what propserity we have had during the year. For such an occassion it is quite appropriate to replace the table decor of pilgrims and native americans with a portionof the table designated for the gods, and in that place set up the statues of the gods of the household that they may partake in the celebration. This is something I did years ago when I didn’t have a family member staying with me of which I found added a great deal to the celebration on a personal-religious level. However in a mixed household (including situations in which having company for the holidays makes it difficult) in which you cannot set the statues on the table it is prudent to after the feast take some portion of your feast to the gods and celebrate with them privately at the altar. And so while all the household gods and Olympians gets honored during the Thanksgiving there are those which I give particular thanks and offerings to during the holiday.
1. Demeter. This one is probably quite obvious because she is the goddess associated with the grow and maturationof the crops and the harvest itself. She is the goddess who brings and gives plenty.
2. Dionysos for similar harvest associations…the cut vine and harvested grape. He is much more a part of my christmas-time holiday celebrations in which hard eggnog is enjoyed heh.
3. Apollon who presides over the light that enriches the heart and homes, with a prayer that his return from Hyperborea will bring golden prosperity in the new year.
4. Hermes as the bringer of prosperity, he who gives good things during the year.
5. Artemis who nurtures the chick into the adult that we feast upon, goddess who nurtures and slaughters by the same hand.
6. Zeus and Hera from whom all prosperity, and all good things come in general.
They recieve an extra portion of everything, though none of the Olympians are left out, and none of the gods of the household in general because Thanksgiving, at least how most celebrate it, is about family and thankfulness of the good things from the year…and all these gods we worship are part of giving to us these things in which we rejoice. And so it is important to make the gods a part of the Thanksgiving celebration, because even though it is not a religious holiday, it is a cultural one with great significance for us…and those holidays which are of significance should not be removed from the love of the gods.