“Be thankful in all circumstances, for this is God’s will for you who belong to Christ Jesus.” ~ I Thessalonians 5:18
Is it just me, or did Christmas seem to start in July this year?
At least that’s the way it seems when I head into a store. Christmas decorations seem to go up earlier and earlier – and this year they not only stampeded over Thanksgiving, they took out Halloween, too (not that I mind that terribly, Halloween decorations creep me out).
But as I stopped by Target today to buy an egg (yes, I miscounted and was one miserable egg short for my baking), I was surprising to see the Thanksgiving displays had already been pulled down, replaced with Christmas ones that blared, “Christmas is Tuesday, December 25th!” I suppose they have to get ready for the madness that follows Thanksgiving known as Black Friday, when we Americans celebrate being thankful for all we have by trampling our fellow man for a dirt-cheap flat screen TV.
I realize that there is probably no way we could ever hope to recapture our culture, and turn the focus back entirely to family and thankfulness. But I am grateful that individually we are all given a holiday that, if we choose, we can do just that. Take extra time for our loved ones, giving thanks for all God has given us. Now that is something to be thankful for!