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In Seder Avodas Yisrael by the ריביא''ד (R' Seligman Baer) זכר צדיק לברכה, there is a big Yotzros Section. For a quite a lot of the days with Yotzros, it includes a piyut in the third Brachah (Ahavah), examples include the six Shabbosos after Pesach, the Shabbos after Shavuos, Shabbos VaYeira, Shlach-Lecha, Chukas, Nachamu and Eikeiv.
There's a general rule that if a parent asks or makes you violate any halacha, you should not listen to them. As you know, within halacha there are interpretations, minimal requirements and leniencies. You need to have a clear understanding of how these work for each action and situation. So, while I have mentioned a general guideline, there si no tacit ...
This all strikes me just as a matter of taste more than law, but nonetheless here's my two cents: Many rabbis feel that having a celebratory meal on Thanksgiving has nothing to do with anything pagan and is permissible, or even obvious. (Rabbi Joseph Dov Soloveichik was noted as moving his lecture earlier on Thanksgiving morning so he could catch the plane ...
You are obligated to treat them with an attitude of respect, and speak to them respectfully. However, you should still keep shabbos, kosher, and the like, despite their wishes to the contrary. (When it comes to something like a custom or chumra, it can vary.) That means saying "I love you mom, but sorry, I feel that I need to eat kosher", not "mom you ...
Yom Kippur is a different question, but the others (as heard from my rosh yeshiva) all have the Torah reading that discusses what we're expected to give as sacrifices, "in accordance with what G-d grants you." (Deut. 16:17). Thus a good time to think about charity pledges. And part of Yizkor is about being in the merit of the charity we give.
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