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Christmas and Thanksgiving Meet on the Porch

If you’ve heard me speak, you may recall my quoting Maya Angelou who says,

“A thinking person has to ask. . . .”

So. . . I’m just asking, why is it that so many Christmas lights were up weeks before Thanksgiving? Why did so many folks have up Christmas stuff and fall decorations? And why was it a national phenomena that Black Friday began before the turkey was even cleared off the table?

  • Is it because we’re trying to be efficient?
  • Is it because we don’t really like Thanksgiving all that much and want to rush on?
  • Is it because we like lights and getting gifts and giving presents?
  • Is it because we like to shop? Or bake cookies? Or eat too much?
  • Is it because we like to overindulge?

The part about the lights made me think of the December my daughter went to Sweden. Although the sun went down very early, about 3 in the afternoon, she reported that decorative lights glittered everywhere. “Those Swedes really now how to deal with lots of darkness,” she noted. Is our glittery stuff related to a sense of darkness, I wonder.

The part about shopping and spending and indulging made me think of a church I heard of last holiday season. You know how church campaigns sometimes have slogans? Well, theirs was, “It’s NOT Your Birthday!” If you think about that very long, your mind just naturally carries you to, “Then whose is it?” Exactly their point, I’m sure. The challenge in that congregation was to spend as much on charity for Christmas as one spends on family. Wow! There’s something to ponder.

I’m worried. I’m worried that I saw Christmas festivities arrive so early this year. . . not because I don’t LOVE Christmas (which I DO!). I’m worried that even we adults have become child-like in our fixation on shopping and eating and splurging.

Is it possible that we’ve forgotten that it’s NOT our birthday?

I’m just asking. . . .