However, the actual shopping for gifts and advertisements for Black Friday, Cyber Monday and so forth has begun to spill back to include the pre Black Friday sales, or let’s go on Thanksgiving to buy and get that one item we must have before the rush of Black Friday. In fact, there are people in some places who have already camped out at Best Buys so they can be the first person in to buy some humongous TV for $200.00! Really?!
What happened to enjoying Thanksgiving? It’s been almost obliterated by the shopping frenzy of the Commercial Day called Christmas. Thanksgiving was a day for joining with family and friends, enjoying a meal together, maybe watching the Macy’s parade and a football game or two. Hopefully we also really thought about what we were thankful.
My son-in-law has established a tradition that as we eat our Thanksgiving dinner we go around the table 3 times sharing what we are thankful for. I look forward to that meal more than for the food. It’s the sharing of our thoughts and feelings that adds depth to the time shared.
I realize I sound kind of negative about the coming holidays but I hope you will take some time to think about the real reason we celebrate. Giving thanks for the blessings of this past year; that is what Thanksgiving is really about. It’s not the food or even the activities we do that count. It’s to give thanks to the God of the universe for His provision, just like the Pilgrims did over 200 years ago. Nothing more and nothing less.
What are you thankful for?