What is Thanksgiving? A tradition, a celebration and reminder of a good harvest to be enjoyed with family, friends, and neighbors. A time to thank God for a good year.
This year it was a time for the retail stores to promote their latest wears and sales, to tempt shoppers to choose between time with family and rushing to the stores. How sad that it has come to this. What about the workers in the stores who really wanted to stay home with their families, but were told they had to come in?
I don’t like how commercial Thanksgiving was this year. It is disappointing and disturbing. Not only that, but it shows how commercial Christmas has become. In surveys taken there were 48% of the people who now wish they could just skip Christmas. Why? Because it’s become a time of greed, seeing what you can ask for and get for Christmas, trying to out do each other on presents, and racing out to get the latest toys.
I love the holidays. I love the traditions we had growing up and have fought to keep them alive. Our family doesn’t have all the latest technology, or the highest priced items. We don’t go into debt for 6 months to pay for Christmas presents that are over the top, or spend until all the savings are gone.
So today, I am thankful I grew up at a time when Thanksgiving was about getting together with family and enjoying the time spent listening to each other. I am thankful I grew up believing in the magic of Christmas as well as the true meaning and remembering the first birthday of Jesus. I am thankful for Christmas eve church services with Christmas carols, and a quiet thankful spirit.
I remember many soft and quiet winter nights watching the lights on the Christmas tree, with Bing Crosby playing in the background.
Today I am thankful for family traditions, may they live on in spite of commercialism. It is my hope that we will slow down and take the time to remember, Christmas is not about the gifts, Thanksgiving is not about the food, both holidays are about one things only and without that thing, they become hollow – empty. Thanksgiving and Christmas are about love, honest and true, caring and kind, love.
Cherry Coley (c)