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What about Thanksgiving?

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By Jennifer Caldwell

 It’s beginning to look a lot like Christmas. 

This is where if I could I would insert the sound effect of a record player needle scratching across a vinyl LP and me saying “What?!”

I mean really, did I miss the memo or have we quit celebrating Thanksgiving?

Now, before those of you who have already decked the halls quit reading for fear that I am just about to jump up on my soapbox, don’t worry, I’m not going to start preaching.  Well, at least not much.

While it is completely none of my business if people want to start getting into the Christmas spirit in August, it makes me a little sad Thanksgiving has been reduced to a day off work, a little turkey and a whole bunch of shopping.

In fact, I’ve noticed that many stores are proudly advertising they will be open all day on Thanksgiving day. To me this really speaks volumes about where we are as a society, because if the consumers didn’t demand it the stores wouldn’t do it.

Seriously people, now a days Halloween gets more attention than the day set aside for us to reflect on and celebrate our blessings. 

Sorry, I may be starting to work myself into a sermon. So instead I will just I just tell you what I love about the holiday that is fading into obscurity.

I love the fact that Thanksgiving can be a low stress, high return holiday. I realize if you are cooking dinner for 50 things might get a little hairy. But if you invited them you kind of asked for it. 

But there are no gifts to stress out about buying. You just show up with your appetite and nothing but time to enjoy with family.

I love eating myself into oblivion and slipping into a trytophan induced haze from too much turkey. At my house it is pretty much a given when the leftovers are safely tucked in the fridge the entire family will almost certainly be sacked out on every couch, chair and love seat catching glimpses of football while drifting in and out of sleep.

I love the way we always go around the table telling the things we are thankful for, because there really is always a reason to be thankful.

And truthfully, another reason to love Thanksgiving is that it is the perfect prelude to Christmas.

What better time to place some extra emphasis on being thankful for the sacrifice God made that gives us a reason to celebrate Christmas at all.

The good news in all of this rambling is we live in the good old United States of America, which means we can all be thankful for the freedom to decorate and celebrate however and whenever we want.