Wednesday, November 23, 2011

THANKFUL THURSDAY...the forgotten holiday!

I cannot believe it, but another Thanksgiving time has arrived! It is the holiday that I most look forward to. I love cooking all of my families favorite dishes and getting together with all of the family. Laughing, eating, more laughing, watching football, and going to late night movies. Unfortunately though Thanksgiving seems to be a forgotten holiday. It is just a "Thursday off of work" sandwiched in between Halloween and Christmas.

If you don't agree with me, just look at your local walmart and just see how much Thanksgiving decor you can find. I went today on a hunt for some special Thanksgiving dinnerware but to my dismay found nothing! There were already aisles of Christmas decor and even a clearance aisle of leftover Halloween decor...but NO Thanksgiving merchandise.

I cannot believe that so many people miss out on one of the greatest holidays. It seems like the focus of Thanksgiving has been taken from giving thanks for His plenty to making out shopping lists for the morning after. Somehow our idea of Thanksgiving has gone haywire. We have forgotten all about that first Thanksgiving, you know the one with the Pilgrims and Indians!

On that first Thanksgiving in 1621, the feast was to celebrate and show gratitude for survival. After being in America within a year, the Pilgrims lost half of their population due to starvation and disease. The Pilgrims hosted that first feast not to try out new recipes, but to celebrate life with their Indian friends and to show gratitude to God for His provision during difficult times.

It is my prayer that we will never forget what this holiday means. Not just today but each and every day may we all have the attitude like the celebrate life and show gratitude to God for His provision.

1 THESSALONIANS 5:18 "Give thanks in all circumstances, for this is God's will for you in Christ Jesus."

Today is THANKFUL THURSDAY and I am so glad that showing gratitude is not just a day, but it is an attitude of our heart. May we never forget to give thanks to God in ALL circumstances. The good ones, the bad ones, the sad ones, the happy ones. In all things...give thanks!



Denise said...

Unfortunately you are right my friend, love you.

cHe Sulague said...

Happy thanksgiving!

Martianne said...

I believe every day is a day for giving thanks (and agree Christmas hoopla begins far too early!)

Enjoy your Thanksgiving and have a blessed Advent season.

Kathleen said...

Good Morning and Happy Thanksgiving to you. I so agree Thanksgiving seems almost non-existant in some ways but I do decorate - love fall decor. And seriously we can never stop Thanking our wonderful God, no matter the time of year.

God Bless You!

LaughingLady said...

It's true ~ EVERY day should be a day of thanksgiving! The Thanksgiving holiday, even though it comes 2-3 weeks BEFORE Halloween up here in Canda, is still very overlooked as well. I guess because there's traditionally no gifts or special candy or 'out-gross your neighbours' rivalry, it just doesn't matter to retailers.

Thankfully, the stores don't dictate our heart attitudes! Beautiful post ~ and a very happy Thanksgiving to you and your family!!

july_blogizta said...

Verily true. Anyhow, Happy thanksgiving!!!