Three days after Halloween this year, I went shopping at Target, just for a few half-off skeletons and light-up pumpkins at 75% off…though by next year I’ll probably forget where I put them. Anyway, the Christmas decorations were up already, and I overheard the lament of someone an aisle over; “CHRISTMAS! Come on, I hate this! It’s not even Thanksgiving!” I feel like I’ve heard that lament a lot recently. I even noticed that Nordstrom’s had a special advertisement this year that, in the “spirit of the holidays”, Christmas decorations would not be put up until after Thanksgiving.
My thought…. “Why not?”
I’ve been thinking a lot about this; this strange protest that people have in waiting until after Thanksgiving to begin to put up Christmas decorations. OK, so maybe November 3 is not exactly anywhere near Christmas, or even the beginning of Advent for that matter. Still, to me at least, our humble wreathes and Evergreens, ornaments and candles, and yes, even those giant paper candy canes hanging from the ceilings at Target, point to the miracle that is about to take place; Christ will come. To me at least, the decorations are not – nor will they ever be – about mere merchandising. The decorations are a reminder for me, for my family, for all those who will gather with us, of a miraculous expectation; they invoke a sense of comfort, warmth, light, and charity.
And, perhaps above everything….thankfulness.
What is there to be more thankful for than the coming of our God; the divine Love made humble, condescending Himself, to walk with us so that he could rescue us. The love that reveals and leads us all to our belonging…I for one am happy to be reminded of that at Thanksgiving.
So, though Thanksgiving is not exactly what anyone would refer to as a “Holy Day” (unless you might count Football as sacred somehow), please don’t hold it against me if I set the gravy and cranberry sauce on the table between my light-up ceramic tree and my mismatched angel collection, and give thanks a little early for the Love that knows no season.