What do witches do for Thanksgiving? They eat turkey like this one in this image, surrounded by other Thanksgiving foods and drinks and a lit candle
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What Do Witches Do For Thanksgiving? Celebrating And Giving Thanks As A Pagan, Wiccan, Or Witch

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This harvest festival is fast approaching, so what do witches do for Thanksgiving? How do pagans and witches celebrate this holiday of giving thanks?

Most witches and pagans do what everyone else does for Thanksgiving: spend time with family, enjoy the outdoors, and give thanks for all that they have. This might include a Thanksgiving dinner, hiking in the woods, performing gratitude rituals, or decorating their altars.

What Do Witches Do For Thanksgiving?

Remember, witches are normal people. Some of them will probably be watching football and spending time with their loved ones. Others might prefer to stay home and eat a microwave turkey meal.

Thanksgiving isn’t specifically a pagan or witch holiday, and so most witches will be doing the normal stuff that everyone else does.

Thanksgiving is a national, secular holiday. So there isn’t anything specifically Christian or religious that must be done to enjoy this day!

A fall spread of acorns, gourds, leaves, and conkers on a blue wood table. What Do Witches Do For Thanksgiving?
Don’t forget the benefits of a grateful heart. Maybe you could consider writing your own pagan Thanksgiving prayer!

Witches Celebrate Thanksgiving With Their Families

As most Americans do, most witches will be eating turkey and mashed potatoes with their families on Thanksgiving.

Witches like to spend time with loved ones and eat good food as much as anyone else!

Plus, this is a time when kitchen witches get to work their magic over everyone they love. With the right ingredients in the turkey and pies, you can bless your loved ones with magic that will last for months.

They Spend Time In Nature For Thanksgiving

In many places, this is a beautiful time to get outdoors. Take a hike, or maybe even have a picnic if it’s a warmer day.

Going for a walk and smelling that delicious fall air helps us all to be more present and thankful for the good things we have in our lives.

Plus, a walk with loved ones can encourage communication with them as well!

A wire metal pumpkin with a candle inside surrounded by candied fruits and fake fall leaves
Use your journal to write spiritual reflections on gratitude.

Witches Show Gratitude For Thanksgiving

One of the more spiritual activities we can do on Thanksgiving is go out of our way to show gratitude.

Take the time to notice the small things that people do to help us.

Or say thank you to the gods and the universe for all of the things they have helped you manifest this year.

Remembering to be thankful for even the smallest gestures of love and kindness is great for our mental health.

I don’t know about you, but I have been very grumpy this year. I am definitely ready to start seeking out all of the blessings I have so that I can feel grateful for them.

They Decorate Their Altar For The Season

Decorating the altar to suit the holidays is one of the many joys we have as witches.

It can be so fun to pick out the decor that will honor our witch tradition, our ancestors, and our deities.

I like to decorate with colorful fall leaves that my son and I have found on our walks.

A cornucopia with faux fruit and vegetables is also appropriate for this time.

Acorns, pine cones, woodland animals… anything associated with fall would look wonderful on your Thanksgiving altar.

One thing I think you should do is write down some of the things you are thankful for, and keep that paper folded up on your altar. That way, when you go to your altar to enter sacred space, you have something positive to meditate on.

A Thanksgiving spread with a brown plate and a fork and knife wrapped with jute ribbon surrounded by corn, leaves, conkers, and acorns on a wooden table
Gratitude as a spiritual practice can help our mental health, especially during stressful times.

Witches And Pagans Might Journal For Thanksgiving

Open up your bullet journal and start writing down all of the things you are thankful for.

What have you manifested this year with the law of attraction? Have new friends or significant others entered your life? Maybe there have been additions to your family. How have you grown as a person?

Make a long list, and then spend the time to thank the universe for all of these things.

They Do Rituals For Gratitude

Thanksgiving rituals center around saying thank you to the spirits, entities, and deities around us that help to keep our lives awesome.

This Thanksgiving ritual is just one of many. Here is another from Jason Mankey.

Squash, pumpkins, and gourds with leaves on a wooden table against a wooden background.
There are many religious Thanksgiving messages, but most of them center on being grateful for what you have.

Witches Communicate With The Dead To Thank Them

We must remember that Thanksgiving is passed down to us from early American settlers and the Native Americans that helped them to survive a cruel winter.

Light a candle for them, and spend the time to thank them for their part in this holiday. While the holiday has dark undertones for some, for most it is a time to give thanks and celebrate the victories of the year.

So what do witches do for Thanksgiving?

After a very stressful year, I think it would do a lot of good if we can all focus on the positive aspects of this tradition. At the same time, we should thank those that came before us… especially those that suffered.

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