I have a child at work that does not celebrate Thanksgiving. I have had this child in the afterschool program for about 5 years now and every year he puts up a stink about how the Pilgrims were evil, etc, etc... Mind you, this child is not Native American. I respect his family's beliefs and have never tried to persuade him otherwise, but it always causes such a ruckus when he announces these things to the other kids whenever I try to do Thanksgiving activities. That's his personality, though....he loves to stir up trouble. Like I said, I've been dealing with this for quite some time and fully expected this behavior again this year. However, yesterday took the cake! His mother came into our room when she was picking him up (he's not in my group anymore!) to ask me if we are going to be open next Friday. I told her no, and she said, "Why?" I said, "Because it's the day after Thanksgiving." She said, "I can't believe this." My assistant said, "It's ok. Just use the time to spend with your son." She said, "Yeah right. I was hoping I was going to be able to sleep." I called her a few choice names in my head and then my assistant said, "Use the day to rest your food from the day before." She said, "We don't celebrate Thanksgiving." my assistant said, "No? Why not?" :sigh:: Why did he have to ask?) She said, "Oh, come on, you're not stupid." The little boy said, "We don't celebrate people's deaths." and the mother said, "That's the day of the massacre. Don't tell me you didn't know that." I'm thinking "Are you kidding me?!" and my assistant said, "Oh." and they left. Well, now I've got a room full of 6, 7, and 8 year olds asking me what she was talking about. I just told them that different people believe and celebrate different things and luckily they dropped it. I was just so aggrivated at the whole situation! I mean, the day of the massacre? Did they eat and then kill everyone? Come on! GRRR! I realize that terrible things happened to Native Americans (they were killed, had their land taken, etc..) which is why I never said anything about their beliefs, but it's the ignorance that kills me.