By the time this blog is posted, Halloween will be over, leaving Thanksgiving and Christmas rapidly approaching. As I think about where these 3 holidays fall on the calendar, it causes me to wonder if that wasn’t by design versus merely a coincidence. It seem that Thanksgiving is strategically positioned. Here’s what I mean…
On one side of Thanksgiving you have Halloween. The focus of Halloween, as I remember from childhood, is to get as much candy as you can. And based on the kidos that come to my door every year, it seems like that focus hasn’t changed. On the other side of Thanksgiving there’s Christmas, which at least in the US, can have a strong focus toward consumption and accumulation.
Right in the middle of these potentially greedy holidays, we have Thanksgiving. The focus of which (along with the great food!) is to take a moment and remember what we have to be thankful for. While giving thanks and gratitude may not be as fun as eating candy and opening presents, I think Thanksgiving serves as an important check point. Instead of letting our Halloween sugar high propel us directly into the frantic consumptive pace of the Christmas season, let’s use the Thanksgiving season as a time to tap the brakes a bit on consumption recognize all we have to be grateful for.
My guess is the blessings you currently possess are far greater than any present you’ll find under the tree this year.