Because I am too lazy to do any research myself, could someone please tell me why Christmas is celebrated in December? I remember from Bible classes growing up that Jesus was not born in December (more like early spring, I think??). So why do we celebrate it when we do?
Here's a thought. Maybe God aligned all the stars to make Christmas fall right after Thanksgiving for a reason. I find it very ironic that we spend so much time discussing what we are thankful for over the Turkey Break, then turn around and start making lists of what we want for Christmas! I am actually guilty of making lists of things I think I "need."
Maybe God wants us to carry over our thankfulness into the day when we celebrate the birth of his son. Maybe he doesn't want us to become wrapped up in gift-giving (no pun intended!).
This year, as Thanksgiving passes and our focus shifts to nativity sets and twinkling lights, let us not become consumed by the meaningless things that what we have convinced ourselves that we "need." Instead, let us keep the spirit of Thanksgiving in our minds as we continue through this holiday season.
Because I am talking to myself as much as anyone else...Here are 35 THINGS I AM THANKFUL FOR (in kinda-sorta-but-not-really any particular order):
- the significance of Christ's resurrection
- living in this country and the people who have fought for it
- a husband I don't deserve
- being born into a family of unfailing love
- marrying into a family that reminds me so much of my own
- our church family (How do people survive without these?) especially our most awesome life group
- friends I have known all my life
- friends I feel like I've known all my life
- our health
- our education
- good music that doesn't scream or whine ;)
- our house
- Thursday night ladies' Bible study
- a job that lets me be an artist and utilize my creativity everyday
- digital pianos on wheels!!
- having cars that run
- my Christmas tree (that Greg says looks like Ursula, but I think its beautiful)
- living in Fayetteville... even if it proves to be temporary
- a warm bed with clean sheets
- warm, fuzzy socks
- really warm anything because I'm cold natured
- having had the opportunity to travel a little and see the world in a different way
- having taught THIS KID last year. You made me a better teacher.
- students that want to learn
- students who may not do well in other classes, but excel in mine
- spell check (because I can't spell, as I'm sure you all know by now)
- a husband who will eat anything I cook with a smile on his face (even when I burn it black)
- having a carport to cover our vehicles
- Dave Ramsey and budgets!! (Yes, I did just say that.)
- being an aunt (although I'm ready to be an aunt x2...Adrienne? Brittany?!?)
- the fact that my husband supports my eagerness to go back to grad school
- parents who spent 20 years cooking for me, doing my laundry, cleaning my messes, etc... I now appreciate what it takes to maintain a house and family - and I don't even have kids
- having a separate bathroom from Greg. Can I get an AMEN!!
- the hot chocolate with marshmallows that I'm drinking as I type this
- the fact that it took me no time at all to think of 34 other things I'm thankful for