Thanksgiving Celebration 2012
You can always tell when the time is nearing the Thanksgiving Holiday. After all, the grocery stores explode with activity, the farmer’s markets are selling record sales of Autumn produce, such as pumpkins, decorative gourds, squashes and late tomatoes and peppers just in from their gardens. Of course, one cannot forget that the days are beginning to be nippy and we have raided the winter closets to pull out sweaters and cardigans and lest we forget…the argyle socks as well. We dutifully go through the routine of trying on last years’ winter coats to see if they will still fit the children. Alas, we also check to see if our winter clothes will still fit us as well. Okay, we had a little too much pumpkin pie last year. But you only live once, right?
But having seen it, done it, AKA Black Friday, the Thanksgiving holiday should be set aside for a time to Thank God for all of your blessings and to be thankful that you have family and friends to be with during this time. Has anyone noticed that Christmas trees are being displayed in the stores before Thanksgiving season has even started? In my area, they were being displayed along with the Halloween decorations. The Thanksgiving Holiday, or Holy Day, is being squeezed out by slick marketing campaigns that have realized that they can sell more toys than they can pumpkins and turkeys.
According to American tradition, you can follow this link to my selected video:
Thanksgiving Day video
But getting back to the true meaning of what the Thanksgiving holiday is really all about, i.e. being thankful for the many blessings that we have received. This is a great way to remind us that this should also be a time for us to remember those less fortunate, and as you are shopping, don’t forget to unload all of that pocket change into those red kettles that the Salvation Army has set up outside the store’s front doors. Of course, there are other fine charities that you may wish to donate to at this time of the year, such as your local church food pantry and so many more that this article cannot possibly mention all of them. It’s really up to you who you choose to give to, but definitely choose at least one this season. Why? Perhaps someday down the road, you might be the one that needs help and perhaps someone will be dropping their coins in a red kettle that will help to benefit you. The Lord Jesus Christ plainly said that the poor would always be with us, but He also said in:
For I hungered, and ye gave Me meat; I was thirsty, and ye gave Me drink; I was a stranger, and ye took Me in; naked, and ye clothed Me; I was sick, and ye visited Me; I was in prison, and ye came unto Me.’ Then shall the righteous answer Him, saying, `Lord, when saw we Thee hungering and fed Thee, or thirsty and gave Thee drink? When saw we Thee a stranger and took Thee in or naked and clothed Thee? Or when saw we Thee sick, or in prison, and came unto Thee?’ And the King shall answer and say unto them, `Verily I say unto you, inasmuch as ye have done it unto one of the least of these my brethren, ye have done it unto me.’
God Bless and have a Blessed Thanks Living Day…..I mean LIFE!