Why we skip over Thanksgiving and go straight to Christmas

The Christmas season seems to come earlier and earlier each year, doesn’t it?

Why we skip over Thanksgiving

I mean, it’s not even Thanksgiving and stores are dressed in red and green. Trees with giant silver and gold balls line city streets.

Car companies have been encouraging us to make it a “December to remember” since the end of October.

Candy canes have replaced candy corn at the grocery store.

Radio stations are playing Christmas music.

Even as I’m writing this, I’m listening to Mariah belt out All I Want for Christmas is You.

Why is this all happening?

I mean, Thanksgiving is a great holiday! Stopping to give thanks for all that we have is always a great idea! And, there’s pie! PIE!

So, why do we seemingly just skip over Thanksgiving?

Well, I think it’s because we long for the spirit of Christmas…the message of peace, hope, and love.

You see, all year long, we scream at each other online. We call each other names. We argue. We fight. Instead of building each other up…we tear each other down. Peace seems…impossible.

There’s also been so much tragedy lately…from hate crimes to natural disasters, our news feeds are filled with heartbreaking stories. And we’re finding ourselves asking “why” more and more often.

Even though we may not realize it in the moment, all of this wears us down. It weighs heavy on our hearts.

And that’s just the external world.

Inside of our own lives is a multitude of busyness. Pain. Sorrow. Broken relationships. Sickness. Job loss. Stress. Worry.

There’s a lot to deal with.

And in the middle of it all, I think we’re just hungry for Christmas and all that it brings.

I think we long for Linus to interrupt the chaos and the noise with a little reminder that there really is hope…

“Lights, please.

And there were in the same country shepherds abiding in the field, keeping watch over their flock by night.
And, lo, the angel of the Lord came upon them, and the glory of the Lord shone round about them: and they were sore afraid.
And the angel said unto them, Fear not: for, behold, I bring you good tidings of great joy, which shall be to all people.
For unto you is born this day in the city of David a Saviour, which is Christ the Lord.
And this shall be a sign unto you; Ye shall find the babe wrapped in swaddling clothes, lying in a manger.
And suddenly there was with the angel a multitude of the heavenly host praising God, and saying,
Glory to God in the highest, and on earth peace, good will toward men.”

Glory to God in the highest, and on earth peace, good will toward men.

Thanksgiving is great, but I think we skip over it because our hearts long for something else.

And His name is Emmanuel.

Stephen

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