…Or is it? I vaguely remember the day when Thanksgiving was Thanksgiving and Christmas was something that was seldom mentioned before the fourth Thursday in November. Don’t get me wrong. I love Christmas, but I also love Thanksgiving.
I have worked retail for over two years now, and now I really miss Thanksgiving. Why? Because Before October is even over, Christmas merchandise starts rolling in. I’m not talking just about the “hot item” gifts, I’m talking about artificial trees, bulbs, lights, the light-up outdoor decorations, etc… Shortly thereafter, all that merchandise has found it’s way to the sales floor. But what about Thanksgiving?!?!?!?!?
It was quite a surprise a week or two ago to see that some fellow workers from another shift had taken up decorating the break room for Thanksgiving. Last night at work, I noticed the semi-local major paper had run an article on the front page of its Life section: You know it’s Thanksgiving when…
The last leaves have fallen. The Halloween jack-o’-lantern is history. Days are shorter and nights longer. You get a hankering for turkey and cranberry sauce.
Those are a few unmistakable signs that Thanksgiving is on the way.
We asked several people to describe what tips them off to the approach of Thanksgiving.
One of the people the Billings Gazette asked was Mark Barth, owner of Magic City Floral:
Fall decorations that include cornucopia, garlands, stalks of wheat, leaves and rust, brown and orange flowers.
One of the less-pleasing signs of Thanksgiving these days is the encroachment of the Christmas shopping season into the family-oriented day set aside to give thanks, he said.
If you haven’t already guessed, I strongly second that thought! I now know that if I want to buy a really nice flower arrangementwhile in Billings where to buy it (provided I had the money to do so! 🙂 ).
I figured I would post the same question to my readers this week, what is a sure sign of Thanksgiving to you (outside of the hyper-commercialization of Christmas). This can be anything that makes Thanksgiving what it is for you. I won’t criticize you for even saying what your thankful for, nor will your post be removed if you wish everyone else a Happy Thanksgiving.
Lest I be criticized for posting without giving my own thoughts on the matter, here you go: Thanksgiving consists a lot of the traditional things we (“we” as in people other than myself but including myself) associate with the holiday: Macy’s parade, turkey dinner, perhaps a football game and time with family and/or friends. But it doesn’t end there. I do enjoy thinking upon the things God has done in me, through me, and for me; how He’s provided for various needs and even taken care of situations before I knew of the issue.
Some people, places, and things I’m thankful for include:
**Family (parents, grandparents, aunts, uncles, cousins)
**Friends (church, Bible study, co-workers, other [quite a group that can be further sub-divided] )
**Salvation in Christ alone
**The great country I live in (just think if the turkey was our national bird, would we be eating Thanksgiving eagles this week?)
**All the men and women sacrificing to keep her that way, from the battlefront in Iraq to the state patrolman that causes you to glance at your spedometer (even when you are set just below speed limit on cruise control)
Thanks for reading. Please do comment and remember, it doesn’t have to be the fourth Thursday in November to say “Thank you for what ya’ done!”