Wednesday, November 19, 2014

let us give thanks.

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On a our weekly Sunday walk, Jason and I noticed a house all decked out for Christmas. Santa inflatables, white-lighted reindeer, and a candy cane trail covered their entire front yard. The house was trimmed in white icicle lights and a bright ornament wreath hung proudly on their front door. It was undeniably jolly but seemed out of place among the beautiful golds and reds of the autumn leaves.

"They've skipped the time where they're grateful. That's what that house says." 

An observation that had crossed my mind, best spoken by Jason as we continued down the hill. We silently soaked in what he'd said. That is until his next joke and my side-splitting laughter. But those words stuck to my soul, they reverberated over and over again, making me think: is skipping thanks the new cool thing to do? 

It seems to be true. The stores dropped Halloween candy and are now covered in garland, tinsel, and fake trees. Where there was costumes spooky and sweet, there are now ornaments sparkly and unique. From October to December, who is this November? From give me treats to where are the presents, we don't stop to breathe in the spirit of giving thanks. And my heart breaks.

I am biased. I love Thanksgiving deeply. The food, the family, the movies, the puzzles, the drinks, the pie, the leftovers. I immerse myself in that single day spent feasting on all good things. But with the feasting of my body, there's a deep feast within my soul. A soul that consumes so tirelessly day in and day out seems to stop, to rest, and to sit thankfully. It seems to soften around the edges, less concerned with what's next, more delighted in what's now. And that, that is thanks.

So let us stop. Let us forget the lists, the holiday to-dos, the cards and the carols. Let us slow down the rush to have all that Christmas shopping done, to find those best Black Friday deals, to chase down the perfect picture for this year's Christmas card. Let us stop the skipping and instead, let us say thanks.

Let us mark the next week (and one day) saying thank you. To our Starbucks barista, to our boss, to our spouse, to our mailman, to our Target cashier, to our siblings, to our neighbors, to our trash man, to our parents. For things big and small, important and not, paid for and free. For kind words and kinder actions. Let us say thanks. 

Let us remember all we have: our health, our friends, our homes, our pets, our food, our nation, our cars, our yards. And instead of seeing the bills and the runs and the responsibilities that come with each of these, let us say thanks. 

Let our souls step out of the hamster wheel and into the quietness of the void that is these two November weeks. And in that void between Halloween and Christmas, that void we hear as a time to be busy. Let us be still, be content, be filled because we are: complete, full, blessed beyond belief. Let us say thanks. 

14 comments:

  1. Long time reader- first time commenter. Absolutely beautiful, Amber! Your posts always put me in the right perspective to start my day.

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  2. What a lovely idea. I don't celebrate Thanksgiving (I'm not American) but I don't understand skipping one holiday to start celebrating another.

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  3. AMEN! With all the craziness this year, I am STILL excited to sit around the table with the people I love and give thanks this year, especially for His blessing of my tiny miracle growing inside!

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  4. This is absolutely perfect! Thank you for so eloquently saying what I have struggled to find the words for!

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  5. This drives me crazy too, probably because Thanksgiving is also my favorite. I've been thinking a lot about this since I saw your tweet. Society really does tell us to skip over being thankful and just keep asking/expecting more .

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  6. Thank you, thank YOU. You fully encompassed my feelings on Christmas overload before Thanksgiving. I'm all good with getting ready for Christmas by budgeting ahead gifts, but decorations? Music? Lights? Call me Scrooge, but why can't we be grateful for Thanksgiving?

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  7. Perfectly stated. I just love where your heart is, Amber. You have such a wise perspective on what's important in life.

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  8. Couldn't have said it better myself! It's so easy to get wrapped up in the spirit of Christmas because that's what society tells us to do. I adore ALL holidays but it always rubs me the wrong way when we skip Thanksgiving - a time for fellowship and FOOD, it should never be looked over!

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  9. I never really thought of it that way. I love Christmas time but I love giving thanks. I vow to stop rushing the jingle bells and spend more time being thankful. thank you!!

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  10. I completely agree girlfriend! In fact I agree so much thát I scheduled my post about this topic tomorrow. I love turkey day and I'm glad to see I'm joy the only one. :)

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  11. PREACH. It always breaks my heart to see people obsessing over Christmas before it's even close to Thanksgiving. Especially since Thanksgiving is my favorite holiday. I'm keeping Christmas far away from my blog even until after Thanksgiving.

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  12. Spoken words from a true genius! It always makes me so sad that Thanksgiving is passed over like the unwanted house guest. I'm so thankful for the time of thanksgiving and all that it means.

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  13. Beautifully written, as always. And I'm sorry I missed this going live yesterday! I've never thought about it like "skipping the part where we're grateful," but you're so right. Also I don't want to skip over any holiday that comes with such delicious food, ever.

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  14. Hi Morgan! :) Thank you for commenting and for being a fellow Thanksgiving appreciater! :) I'm thankful you use them to kick off your morning (I'm the world's biggest morning routine lover).

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