I understand your point, but this is what I'm talking about. What the f*ck is wrong with thanking the sun? The sun is much more real, obvious, scientific, and omnipresent than any concept of "god". It is literally provable that no life on earth would exist without the sun. Why do adults prefer our kids ignorant about these things?
Woah, easy there. Anthropomorphising something and "thanking" it isn't magically removed from supernatural connotation because that thing happens to be a real object. The Sun isn't capable of receiving thanks, get it? If they were learning pantomime coal shoveling and thanking coal for their electricity, that would be equally weird.