I found this meme particularly apropos as my email box fills up with enticements for starting the madness early. It may be the reason why surveys now show Christmas, which apparently used to be everyone's favorite holiday, is not anymore.
Thanksgiving is the favorite - because everyone can get together, eat great food, enjoy each other's company (assuming the dysfunctional members behave themselves!) without the stress of the Christmas presents. Did I get the right thing? Did I forget someone? Does it look too cheap? Are they even going to notice how much thought I put into it?
And so on and so forth.
That's a whole different post - and don't even get me started on the lack of Jesus in Christmas.
So, here's my thought - go shopping if you must, run up that credit card if you want to. But first make a list for your fridge, bathroom mirror or computer screen of what you're thankful for - so that you'll see it every day. It's easy to be thankful on Thanksgiving day when others are helping to verbally remind you of what and for whom you're thankful.
The list (next to the to-do list) will remind you after Thanksgiving, and the day after that, all the blessings you have, and perhaps remind you to continue in thankfulness. Sometimes it takes something, or someone else, to help us focus on the important things. I'm all for PostIt notes that help me do just that, after all, we're all human and prone to forget.
Happy Thanksgiving - always a good day to give thanks. Always a reason to stay thankful.