I don’t know when it became standard to start dragging out and assembling Christmas decorations before Thanksgiving comes and goes, but it bothers me.
Before some turkeys can even hit the oven, stockings are toasting over the fireplace. It reminds me of a line from “Shawshank Redemption”when Brooks made parole after decades in prison and wrote back to his friends that “the world went and got itself in a big hurry.”
We seem so anxious for the next thing in life. Instead of enjoying family time, turkey, football and leftovers, people all too often seem ready to plug in the Christmas lights and rush for the “Black Friday” deals.
But I hope most folks remember to have some of those smiles for Thanksgiving, too.
We have plenty to be thankful for, don’t we?
Thanksgiving is not lost in meaning, either. Christmas is all too often lost in presents and gifts we just assume are coming.
Thanksgiving seems much simpler. No presents – just fellowship and enjoying as much food as we dare to shove in our mouths. That’s a benefit not afforded to everyone across the world. Unfortunately, that’s not a benefit afforded to everyone across this country, or even this town.
But the meaning is still the same. It’s a time for thanks. Even if our blessings are small, they are our blessings.
Christmas can wait a few more weeks. No matter how hard we try, the days will still move at the same pace. So enjoy the time. Be thankful for your blessings and don’t forget Thanksgiving.