It seems that everyone is so excited about Christmas this year. There are houses on my block that already have their Christmas lights up - and turned on each night. I know the stores have been pushing Christmas for weeks, but I don't get out much, and without t.v., I haven't seen the commercials. But this year it's more than the stores, it's people around me, too. I started to wonder why. Maybe it's because this year has been more stressful for most of us. Perhaps we are all looking for relief from the day-to-day struggle and hear some good news for a change. Christmas is a time when we can set our everyday turmoil aside and feel like kids again. That certainly is a draw for me. But believe me, Christmas will come, ready or not.
Don't get me wrong, I adore Christmas, I just really, really like Thanksgiving, too! (almost and much as Christmas....) Why? There are so many reasons. Here are a few:
- Thanksgiving is a holiday that is not "religious" in nature, but more patriotic. All Americans will celebrate regardless of their spiritual condition. In a time where our country is widely divided, Thanksgiving is something we all have in common and can enjoy together.
- Thanksgiving is not commercialized (unless you count the groceries stores falling all over themselves to sell you the cheapest turkey and evaporated milk...).
- Thanksgiving is about family and friends, and coming home.
- Thanksgiving helps me to be generous with those less fortunate.
- Thanksgiving is a chance to be still and thank God for what I already have in Him.
- Thanksgiving helps me prepare my heart for Christmas.
- Thanksgiving helps me prepare my house for Christmas.