It’s been looking like Christmas since before Halloween, and usually I have no problem getting caught up in the excitement. As usual, I’ve been reading Christmas books for more than a month now, and watching Christmas shows on television. And normally, my Christmas decorating begins before Thanksgiving, but this year, I find myself uncharacteristically wanting to wait a little longer with that.
I truly think that thanksgiving is a year-round concept. In fact, I often thank God many times during the day. With that said, I confess I’m not very diligent in saying grace before meals except on special occasions, but I do try to remember to thank God each night for all he has given me, and the possibilities sent my way.
I think this year is a little different for me because I’m continuing to move away from putting so much importance on possessions. Make no mistake, I still like things, but I’ve realized they aren’t what really bring me happiness. I most value experiences (preferably the positive kind), and the ability to do for others. That’s when I feel most blessed when I can give and share – something some of us never realize is a true blessing.
So, it might take me a little longer to get into the Christmas spirit this year. I do have my tree up, although undecorated as yet, and I will put out my outside décor while it is still relatively nice weather, but I want to savor Thanksgiving a little while longer this year before I buy many more things to give or keep.
1 Thessalonians 5:18 says, “…give thanks in all circumstances, for this is God’s will for you in Christ Jesus.” I’ll readily admit that isn’t always easy when things aren’t going my way, but it should be very easy to at least be thankful amidst so many blessings on a daily basis. Maybe that’s what Thanksgiving is really all about - preparing us to know that we are blessed every day and to give thanks.