Whatever Happened to Thanksgiving?

I know we are two weeks away, so you're probably wondering why I'm bringing this up now!  Quite honestly, I'm infuriated!  Does it bother any of you, or am I out in left field, wondering why on earth we are seeing Christmas in July and August?  I understand that people want to get their shopping done ahead of time and not feel like they are under the gun to do it all in December (like I do!) and go crazy.  However, the extent to which manufacturers and stores have hyped up the consumerism of Christmas, to me, is nauseating! My vote is to focus on the holiday that comes next!  Thanksgiving is a time when we can gather our family together and really take inventory of the wonderful ways that we have been blessed over the previous year. Granted, some years are better than others, and certainly those who have experienced heartache and hardship in 2013 may have a difficult time being thankful through the pain and loss. It can be heart wrenching to try to find things to be thankful for when you have lost much! Nevertheless...

the majority of moms reading this blog would probably have to say that we are indeed among the most fortunate on this planet. There might be a need to watch our budget, or to pull back on some luxuries that we have enjoyed in the past, but overall, we have food on our tables, clothing on our backs, our children are healthy and there is a roof over our head. That is much to be thankful for...

So is there anyone else out there that gets frustrated with the glossing over of Thanksgiving to push the "gimme mentality" of Christmas?!  There isn't even a focus, in general, anymore on the religious message of Christmas: the coming of Christ as a baby and all that means to our fallen, sinful world.  With all of the emphasis on being politically correct, we have just about obliterated the existence of Christianity in the holiday.  Schools have winter concerts, and God has been forced out of the celebration.  It is so much easier to take in the glitter and lights of the holiday than to admit that Christ came as a baby to eventually bear our sins on the cross. To focus on that would require an admission of our sinfulness.  Consequently, Thanksgiving often falls by the wayside as we set our sights on the gift-getting, gift buying ultimate consumer holiday.

Let us NOT allow ourselves to become blinded to the blessings for which we should give thanks at this time of year.  It is important for our children to understand that God provides! We need to intentionally teach them the act of giving thanks! They need to know how blessed they are, and they need to be aware of the dire needs of so many others in this world!  Having food to eat is a gift, and we should never take it for granted!  God bless us everyone! Please, make every effort to celebrate this Thanksgiving as one to remember...count your blessings out loud with your kids...and include each of them as a blessing in your life!