Monday, November 21, 2011

Whatever happened to Thanksgiving?

I want to share something that has been bugging me for the last few weeks. Actually it bugs me every year and it seems to be getting worse!

Whatever happened to Thanksgiving?

Why does it seem like we pretty much pass it over in order to get to Christmas? For weeks now I have seen Christmas displays in the stores, at the mall and even at several of my neighbors houses.

This seems to happen every year. We seem to be so intent on getting to Christmas we are overlooking Thanksgiving! Each year it seems that the Christmas decorations go up earlier and earlier.

In September I noticed Christmas items for sale in several stores. Just after Halloween just a day or two after, a couple of my neighbors put up their outdoor Christmas d├ęcor. Really? Why? I just don’t get it? Last week I saw several blog posts with photos of Christmas trees up and decorated already.

What about Thanksgiving?

Two of my neighbors have Thanksgiving decorations and Christmas decorations up! Again I ask why?

Please don’t get me wrong, I LOVE Christmas! I love Advent. I love the anticipation and the celebration of the birth of our Savior! I love all the traditions, gift giving and devotions that go along with Christmas! I really do. Christmas is one of my favorite times of the year!  But it seems to me we just brush Thanksgiving aside.

What happened to Thanksgiving?

I do plan Christmas ahead of time, sometimes in September if you make homemade gifts you have to plan ahead in that regard. I also shop throughout the year for Christmas. I am not a scrooge or a Grinch but….

What happened to Thanksgiving? 

Over the last two weeks during our church service as we share our praises and prayer concerns, this very topic was brought up. Yesterday a member of our congregation mentioned that the TV commercials do mention Thanksgiving. Yes they do! They mention that they will be opening late on Thanksgiving night in order to get a jump on Christmas shopping! How sad.

Why not focus on the current holiday? Why not put out just your Thanksgiving decorations? I admit I don’t have a lot of Thanksgiving decorations, just a few things but I want to embrace this season and look forward to the next. 

I want my boys to see the importance of Thanksgiving and why it deserves recognition. It’s own day, with no thought to Christmas…yet.

In my family we have a rule. No Christmas decorations, Christmas movies or music until the day after Thanksgiving. Yes I am very hard on my boys! Laughing out loud

They have been asking to watch Christmas movies for several weeks now. They have even been quoting lines from some of their favorite movies! But they know the rule. I myself anticipating turning on those first strains of some of our favorite Christmas music! I cannot wait, but I make myself wait and enjoy this season of Thanksgiving. To reflect on the blessings we have received throughout the year. To read the stories about the pilgrims and the first Thanksgiving.

Last night as I was skimming through the channel guide on the TV, I counted at least four Christmas movies that were on.  We did not watch any of them. What did we watch? A Walton Thanksgiving Reunion. I am going to look for a few more Thanksgiving programs this week. I hope I can find some.

Does this bother anyone else? I know I cannot be the only one who feels this way! 

If you come to visit me anytime between Halloween and November 30th. You won’t find a single Christmas decoration up at my house. Only Thanksgiving decorations. Our book basket only holds Thanksgiving books.

Oh and I don’t shop on black Friday either (oh the horror) but that is a hole ‘nother topic….

Enter his gates with thanksgiving and his courts with praise; give thanks to him and praise his name

Psalm 100: 4

1 comment:

Nancy said...

Yep, I hear you.

We actually take it a few steps further and don't have any Christmas movies or Christmas goodies until Christmas Day!! We do bake to give to other people during the Advent season, but it is our tradition to fast right up to Christmas Day, than celebrate with presents and food and fun for 12 days to when we celebrate Theophany which is Christ's baptism.

We do put up a tree and decorate our home on St. Nicholas day which is December 6th.