With Halloween over(woohoo) we can now get into Christmas, right? Oh…what’s that… there is another holiday between Halloween and Christmas??? That’s right…Thanksgiving! All jokes aside, we know that right after Halloween the stores bust out the Christmas stuff, sometimes even before Halloween. Totally skipping poor Thanksgiving.
I found myself this morning already stressed about my Christmas budget. Try as I may, I did not buy a bunch of gifts early, like I always say I will. I downloaded my strategic planner… so I could be all ready for the battle that is Christmas. The planner had my travel plans, my menu plan, my gift lists and ideas, my decor ideas, my party planner and a calendar that is pretty much already filled up with busyness. Then it hit me. A moment of thankfulness. I love that God put Thanksgiving before Christmas. It is a time to reflect on all the blessings that He has graciously given to me and my family. Too many times I just rush through the month of November, not taking the time to stop…..breathe….and reflect on His goodness. His blessings have been plentiful this year and every year.So, this morning I pondered about Thanksgiving and how awesome it was that it is a month before Christmas. I decided to just take it easy this year. To not stress that I don’t have everyone’s gifts yet or that I have a Christmas Party to plan. I don’t need to stress over all the little details. That stress is a little distraction thrown in by Satan to take our focus off of being thankful.
I love that Christmas brings so much joy to everyone, because Jesus is the reason for this time and it is only fitting that we all get so much joy out of it. Every year I say this is going to be the year I have it all together. Instead this year I just want to take time to be thankful and be filled with the joy of Thanksgiving and Christmas. I love buying gifts for everyone…it is one of my favorite things to do no matter what time of the year. I have to admit though… I get sooo caught up in it, again another distraction.
Anyways, this is just a short little post that was on my heart. I hope we all have some time to relax and meditate on all that the Lord has done for us this year. As I said before, I am so glad Thanksgiving is before Christmas and that it is meant to be a time of reflection and a bit of a calm before the storm. I pray that Christmas isn’t a storm this year, but a continuance of Thanksgiving!