The Rush to Christmas

25 Nov

I heard this funny joke about Thanksgiving in the United Kingdom:

Thanksgiving in BritainA few years ago, an American journalist and a British journalist discussed Thanksgiving on a British radio program. The American asked if Thanksgiving was even celebrated in the UK.

“Oh yes,” the British Journalist said, “but we celebrate it on September 6th.”

“What? Why then?” the American asked.

The Brit replied, “Because that’s when you chaps left!”

I guess there are many ways to be thankful. I (Dawn) love thanksgiving, and I get a bit miffed when it’s passed over. Does the joyful refrain of Jingle Bells at Wal-Mart bother anyone else the week before Thanksgiving ~ or is it just me?  I mean, what’s the hurry, people?

A few years ago, because of commercialism and the rush to Christmas, I decided to come up with my own all-in-one holiday ~ “Thanks – Giving.” We are in the thanks and giving season, aren’t we? So, I like to think of the two holidays together.

Let me explain.

God gave me so much in Christ, so I take all of November to thank Him. In fact, a good exercise is to thank the Lord for something different from His hand and heart each day of the month ~ all the way to November 30 (Psalm 116:12; Psalm 103).

Then, on December 1st, I thank Him for my salvation in Jesus. He is the most extravagant, grace-filled Gift (2 Cor. 9:15). (Why wait until Christmas to celebrate Christ’s coming? We’re not sure of the exact day, anyway.)

As I  then turn my thoughts to loved ones with all the crazy Christmas shopping, I thank the Lord for (and pray for) all my friends and family. By the time December 25th comes, my heart is just overflowing with love and gratitude for God, for family, for friends ~  even complete strangers in Wal-Mart!

Try this model. I think you’ll like it. And I pray that you will enjoy this Thanks – Giving season! Let Pam and I hear about your special ways to celebrate.

And I can’t resist this:

Ode to Thanksgiving*

May your stuffing be tasty and your turkey plump.

May your taters and gravy have nary a lump.

May your yams be delicious, your pies take the prize,

And all the good dinner stay off of your thighs.

(*Adapted from anonymous poem)

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