“O come, let us sing unto the LORD: let us make a joyful noise to the rock of our salvation.
Let us come before his presence with thanksgiving, and make a joyful noise unto him with psalms.
For the LORD is a great God, and a great King above all gods.
In his hand are the deep places of the earth: the strength of the hills is his also.
The sea is his, and he made it: and his hands formed the dry land.
O come, let us worship and bow down: let us kneel before the LORD our maker.”
November first? Really? My, my, how the time flies! Even though the projected high today at my house is 87, my air conditioner is running, and I’m still killing scorpions, the calendar clearly states that the second to the last month of the year has rolled around once again.
And I’m thrilled!!! The holiday season has arrived! Maybe it’s because this is the first year in nearly ten that I haven’t been stressed with studying and/or writing and grading papers and final exams. Maybe it’s because it’s my little girl’s first holiday experience. Maybe it’s because last year I was extremely pregnant, swollen, nearly bedridden, and the whole season passed in a blur. For whatever reason I have been plotting, planning, soaking up every pumpkin flavored candy, coffee, ice cream, or other ingestable deliciousness, and yes, listening to Christmas music for the past two months.
While I could (and hopefully will!) write pages on Christmas, for this month I want to focus more on a holiday that gets passed over too often among Americans. I’m not sure what it is about Thanksgiving, but after the spookiness of Halloween garb dissipates, Christmas lights, Santa Clauses, and trees appear in every store and shop window around. It seems the most popular discussion regarding Thanksgiving comes as people anticipate the sales that will appear the day after this holiday on Black Friday.
Well, I for one do NOT want this mentality to be true in my house or within my family. Yes, Christmas remains my favorite festivity, but this in no way should belittle the holiday preceding it. As Christians especially, we should embrace a time to give thanks to God for all He has blessed us with. We should teach our children what it means to be thankful. We should have an attitude of thankfulness year-round but certainly at Thanksgiving.
Stay tuned over the next twenty five days for ideas to celebrate, understand, and embrace this holiday and the joy it holds. Some ideas will be mine personally and others will be those I’m learning from others. If you have special Thanksgiving traditions or gratefulness ideas, please share those with me on Facebook or in an email. I’d love to use your ideas this month!
Till tomorrow ~ Be Thankful!