Here it is, the Tuesday before America’s Thanksgiving Day holiday. Guess what I did yesterday? It is something I have NEVER done in my entire life! I decorated for Christmas. Yes I did. I put away the fall decorations and hauled out my Christmas ones. I have no idea what got into me since I was so cranky yesterday. But guess what? The crankies went away. The cup of coffee and the decorating took it away. So now I am ready for “The Holidays”.
Today I make Peking Duck and tomorrow is PIE DAY! I will be making pies for our family and my friend’s family. My little Lucy is coming over and she will help me finish decorating the Christmas tree. What can I say? I’m still amazed I did this. It goes against all of my wanting to put each holiday in its rightful time slot. I don’t like that America has made Halloween a Holiday and begin Christmas season right after it . Where did Thanksgiving go? I love Thanksgiving. It’s always been so special and homey and a great way to kick off the Christmas season. Halloween? Really people? I think Halloween is festive and always was fun as a kid but never a holiday. Let’s bring back the Thanksgiving and slow the holiday rush down a little.
When I was a kid we didn’t decorate until just about Christmas Eve! Now that I’ve totally contradicted myself about decorating early……. So many people, every year, talk about Holiday Stress – then why do you do it? Why do you jump into the pressure that surrounds us and join the masses of stress-filled holidays? It’s your choice. We stopped buying gifts except for the grand children. Less stress, less money spent. More relaxation and enjoyment. Find a way this season to enjoy it. Giving should be cheerful. Even the bible talks about that and I don’t think it is only about your offerings to the church:
English Standard Version (ESV)
The Cheerful Giver
6 The point is this: whoever sows sparingly will also reap sparingly, and whoever sows bountifully[a] will also reap bountifully. 7 Each one must give as he has decided in his heart,not reluctantly or under compulsion, for God loves a cheerful giver.
God loves it, why shouldn’t we. Cheerful givers are a lot happier than obligated ones.
I dare you to change your traditional stressful holidays into joyful, relaxed holidays. Go on. You can do it.
wingedprisms (cate b)