What ever happened to taking one day at a time and one thing at a time? Furthermore, what happened to taking one season at a time? Ever been in a Cracker Barrel late Summer early Fall? In one corner you have Halloween. Another corner has a big Christmas display and tucked off to the side is a Thanksgiving display.
Last night, Halloween came and went and if I were a betting woman, I bet in the next day or so when I enter a department store of any kind, I anticipate that I will be hearing Christmas carols being played over head. Yet, we haven’t had Thanksgiving! Along with carols being played over head in the stores, I see postings on Facebook that people are firing up their Christmas music. Come on people! What’s the rush?
Okay, I admit I do have a couple of Christmas gifts already purchased and stashed away. I purchase gifts beginning in summer so that when the holiday season gets here the house budget doesn’t get drastically busted. Yet, those gifts won’t come out to be wrapped until after Thanksgiving. And, Jim and I are in the choir at our church and are singing in the Symphony Chorus this Christmas. Our rehearsals for both of these events began a couple of weeks ago. But, I don’t want to hear Christmas music outside those venues until after Thanksgiving.
To go along with not wrapping presents until after Thanksgiving, I don’t like to put the tree up until around Black Friday or after. For me, I feel that we not only rush the seasons a wee too much but we forget to savor each day God gives us. We were created for God’s enjoyment. However, I don’t think he enjoys seeing us rush from place to place and from season to season. As a matter of fact, I am sure his heart breaks when he sees us rushing through life.
What happened to the anticipation of waking up on Thanksgiving morning to watch the Macy Day Parade where Santa arrives at the end of the parade? For me, that is the start gun of moving into the Christmas season. Then, the next day going out (at a descent hour) to see the store fronts and streets decorated. Don’t even get me started on my thoughts on Black Friday ( wrote about that last year and will probably re-post it as the time draws closer)!!
At the beginning of this post, I posted the song/video, ‘Feelin’ Groovey. Some the lyrics in the song make this statement; “slow down, you walk to fast.” You’ve got to make the moment last.” Our society is a fast pace society. In this fast pace, we forget that we are placed here to enjoy life, enjoy others and to be attentive to God at work in our lives every single day. Instead, before we are done with one task/holiday, we are already moving on to the next one or skipping a task/holiday to get to another.
My son, Drew has a favorite quote from the movie, Ferris Buehler’s Day Off; “Life moves pretty fast. If you don’t stop and look around once in a while, you could miss it. ” I think the character Ferris Buehler hit how we go through life pretty square on the head with this quote.
For those of you who are moving from the songs like The Monster Mash and other Halloween tunes to songs like; The Christmas Song and Jingle Bells, hit the pause button on that CD player/iPod and slow it down a little. Each and every day is a gift from God. In each new day, he gives us many blessings whether we realize it or not.
Remember the hymn; Count Your Blessings? The lyrics are; “count your many blessings name them one by one. Count your many blessings and see what God hath done.” God gives us the Season of Fall for a reason. He blesses us with brilliant colors, with temperatures that are just perfect for a brisk walk with him outside and all the scents of the season. God is giving us the perfect setting to stop, reflect on all that God has done in our lives over the last year. It is a time to count our blessings and give him praise and thanks for all that he has done for us in our everyday living.
What’s the rush? “Slow down you move too fast.” “Count your many blessings, name them one by one. Count your blessings and see what God hath done.” Let’s remember that the next holiday is Thanksgiving. Carry the scripture of Psalm 100 in your heart in the days ahead:
Make a joyful shout to the LORD, all you lands!
Serve the Lord with gladness;
Come before His presence with singing.
Know that the LORD, He is God.
It is He who has made us, and not we ourselves,
We are his people and the sheep of his pasture.
Be thankful to Him, and bless His name.
For the LORD is good;
His mercy is everlasting,
And His truth endures to all generations.
Watch and listen to the video below. As you watch, reflect on all that God has brought you through this year and offer Him a prayer of thanksgiving.
- early morning turkeys and thoughts on Thanksgiving (growinggracefarm.wordpress.com)
- America to Stores: Don’t Decorate for Christmas Until After Thanksgiving; Focus on Online Presence Instead (virtual-strategy.com)