After leaving NYWC Monday afternoon , I went to Meyer (grocery/dept store) to shop for Thanksgiving dinner and the regular stuff. As I was pushing my cart to the car I noticed a woman walking out to her car with her cart filled with Christmas decorations.
So much for Thanksgiving!
It seems that Thanksgiving really is the forgotten holiday.
It’s gotten lost in the hustle and the frenzy of the “holiday season.”.
It’s become the break we need to get ready for Christmas.
Thanksgiving has been lost in the mail…due to all the flyers and adverts filled with what we can buy on Friday! And I noticed in today’s mail that if I chose to shop on Thanksgiving itself, I can save even more!!!
One store that happens to feature boat loads of Christmas decorations and crafty items will be open til midnight Thursday through Sunday!
I don’t want to sound like Scrooge but I am more than a little discouraged by all the focus on Christmas before I can even buy my Halloween candy.
And if you’ve actually finished all your Halloween candy and attempt to get to Thanksgiving you have to go against the cultural grain. Last Sunday
My Mom was outraged upon arriving at the Church building when she found Christmas decorations, including Christmas trees decorated and ready to go!!!!
The pastor apologized to those who might be offended in the early arrival of Christmas, the staff finished their staff meeting early and didn’t have anything else to do (hah). My Mom just felt that they just wanted to get it over with!
Last Sunday night during NYWC< we were evacuated from McCormick and Schmidt’s restaurant because it was attached to the Westin where a Christmas tree had caught the carpet on fire. My friend Jennifer had to walk up 10 flights to her room when they finally called the “all clear”
So much for Thanksgiving.
Just how does one celebrate and honor Thanksgiving in the midst of a culture caught up in consumerism?
Thanksgiving once meant being grateful for all the land had produced that year. It provided an opportunity to be Thankful for the harvest of the year.
Since most of us no longer live close to the land, and we get carry out/take away on a regular basis (including entire thanksgiving meals) it’s hard to remember the original reasons for the season. We’ve forgotten the pilgrims and the Native Americans being thankful together…thankful for food, friends and faith that helped them survive hardships and hunger. (1621)
We’ve forgotten Abraham Lincoln and his desire to establish a national day to be Thankful after the long months of war. (1863)
While we cook our turkeys, and make the stuffing/dressing and all the fixings…could we pause and consider how blessed we’ve been this year?
Would it kill us as a nation to actually stop and rest for a weekend and NOT SHOP?
I know that the retail industry counts on the day after Thanksgiving to make their bottom line, but what if we ignored the bottom line for once and considered what we already have and what we’ve already been given and actually took time to be thankful for those things?
I guess I want to step back and consider just how much I’ve been blessed this year.
How much I am blessed to have a great husband, two amazing sons, the gift of good health, the gift of a home, friends, and fun dog.
Blessed to get to share my passion for worship and teaching the Bible with so many.
Blessed to do my dreams and share my vision with others and especially with Rob.
Blessed that what they found on the mammogram was nothing
Blessed that my computer was resurrectable
Blessed to travel and meet new people.
Blessed to get to speak and write
Blessed to have made progress in my ability to slow down, rest and actually practice Sabbath.
And I’m grateful for the simple but expensive things (those things we take for granted everyday , the things that so many folks around the globe are still praying for)…for running water, hot showers, heat and electricity, medicine, food, clothing, and a roof over my head.
Thanks Jesus for music, chocolate, good books, old jeans, college basketball, walks on the beach, sunsets, sunrises, changing seasons, long kisses, laughter, thick sweaters, smelly candles, fireplaces, smiling children, wifi, rich coffee, digital photos, great conversation, old family recipes, creativity, and freedom, just to name a few,
So I’m leading the charge to put the thank you and thankfulness back in to thanksgiving.
Want to join in?