Thanksgiving is by far my favorite holiday, but is also the most overlooked. It’s like the on-ramp to Christmas. Most people just speed up and hurry to get on to the “main holiday.” It’s like they try to forget that Halloween happened (because black cats, death, and witches only exist Halloween) quickly merge onto Christmas activities and in doing so, forget to spend time on Thanksgiving.
In a perfect world, Thanksgiving would be the major holiday celebrate, but with lots and
My mom and dad surprised me by taking me NYC for a day right after Thanksgiving.
lots of tinsel, glitter, and twinkle lights on the “Thanksgiving” tree… and no heavy emphasis on gifts. I’m not a big gift person. My family can testify to that. It’s not because I’m cheap! I’m just really bad at picking them out and it’s really hard for me to justify spending money on an item that my loved one will only wear once, play with until it breaks, gobble it up in 2.8 seconds, or something that they don’t even like.
I’d rather spend time with them, talk with them, create a memory with them that they’ll remember for a lifetime. I’d rather write letters and blog posts telling them how much I appreciate them. Yes, my love language is SO quality time and words of affirmation ;-) Spend time with me and tell me I’m pretty and you’ll be my friend for life!
I think that’s why I’ve always loved Thanksgiving so much. It was always that one time of the year that my family came together to share a meal together and not hustle to open presents or rush off to some other activity. Don’t get me wrong… it got awkward at times… Mom would get stressed that the gravy wasn’t thick enough, Dad would cuss at the turkey as he carved it, my sister would hide out until it was time to eat, and there was one year when we found one of our cats on the counter eating the turkey and another eating the butter.
But regardless of the forced family awkwardness, it was one of the only times that we just focused on just being together and sharing what we’re thankful for… and it was also the only time my sister and I got to take sips of my parents wine.
Seriously, though, I have a lot to be thankful for. I’m thankful for my family, my friends,
(left to right) Mom, “Me”, and Aunt Jaine. I couldn’t make it the family reunion this year.
the Burns family, the Daschke family, the Dean family, God’s hand on my life, God’s provision for my life, my roommates in Georgia, the House of Prayer, Trailhead Church, good health, my brown hair and brown eyes, and I’m thankful that I’m loved unconditionally. I’m thankful that God has a plan for my life and that His ways are much higher than mine. Most of all I’m thankful that salvation through Jesus Christ was extended to me and is available to you.
So forgive me for driving slow in the merge lane. Other than my profound love for Christmas music, I see no reason why I have to speed to catch up with all of you Christmas hustlers and bustlers.
Tom and Becky Burns! LOVE these two!!
Thanksgiving should be the season where we slow down and stop to take inventory of God’s goodness in our lives. Sure, go put up your Christmas tree and decorations and go listen to your Christmas music (mine’s been playing since October), but don’t forget to give thanks.
It’s a life of thanksgiving that we were meant to live. 1 Thessalonians 5:16-18
So, slow down! What are you thankful for?