There is always a big ongoing argument in our house this time of year and it is about Christmas music. My family accuses me of hating Christmas music. I don't hate Christmas music, I just don't like it before Thanksgiving. I like things in chronological order, do one thing before you do another. My daughter walked out of her room today, October 31st, wearing all red. She looked at me and then went on to explain that is was Reformation Day and her Lutheran school was requesting everyone wear red today in memory of it. I was fine with that, but told her not to get any ideas about that red Christmas stuff everyone seems to like to wear around my house this time of year. So yes you could say that I am a little "bah humbug" about Christmas in October or November.
I mean, why run so fast past Thanksgiving? What about pumpkin pie and turkey and dressing and pumpkin pie? Did I say pumpkin pie twice? Yes, I will take two pieces thank you, and don't skimp on the whipped cream. My point is that we need to stop and celebrate Thanksgiving as its own holiday and not just throw it in with Christmas and even New Years. So why do I like Thanksgiving so much, besides the food? I like it simply because it reminds us to be thankful, and being thankful is important. When we are thankful we see things in a completely different light.
So what do you have to be thankful for? Take a moment and think about that. We all have much to be thankful for. We can list things like our family, our friends, our health, our house, etc. The most important thing that we have to be thankful for is our Savior Jesus Christ, because through him we have forgiveness and eternal life. That is even better than pumpkin pie with whipped cream. The thankfulness we have in Christ even ties us in with Christmas, but one celebration at a time.
As you get ready for Thanksgiving, be thankful for everything. Rejoice in Christ Jesus and remember your salvation.