When it comes to Thanksgiving & Christmas, it’s hard not to get ahead of ourselves!
The world begins displaying Christmas around November 1st – decorations in stores, Hallmark Christmas movies, Christmas music on the radio, families setting up the Christmas tree, etc….and if we’re not careful, we may overlook the importance of true thanksgiving!
Our youngest son is a “stickler” when it comes to acknowledging Thanksgiving! He fusses at us for watching Christmas movies, listening to Christmas music, etc. before the day AFTER Thanksgiving, and for that…I am thankful!
Too often we rush forth in life towards the celebration and we neglect giving thanks for the sacrifice. We forget to be thankful for all we have before we’re already grabbing for the more that we think we want!
This year let’s extend Thanksgiving throughout the holiday season of Christmas! Let’s allow it to become a lifestyle that includes the attitude of gratitude and foreshadows all we do this Christmas season.
Think it might make a difference? It may be just the way to actually keep Christ in Christmas! For when our hearts are thankful, we’re focused on God’s blessings. Thankfulness opens the door to giving rather than receiving. Jesus gave us the ultimate example of this – He gave His all…He gave His life!
Luke 22:17-20 tells us that as His death approached, He gave thanks: “After taking the cup, He gave thanks and said, “Take this and divide it among you. For I tell you I will not drink again of the fruit of the vine until the kingdom of God comes.” And He took bread, gave thanks and broke it, and gave it to them, saying, “This is My body given for you; do this in remembrance of Me.” In the same way, after the supper He took the cup, saying, “This cup is the new covenant in My blood, which is poured out for you.”
He was not only giving thanks for the actual bread and wine, but for what they represented and all they promised!
Let’s allow Thanksgiving to be our open door to Christmas this year – a celebration of the One Who changes lives!