November 24, 2010

they say we can't make it; at least we gotta try!

Thanksgiving gets overlooked, don't you think?
I mean, we had snow by November 12. All the stores have put up Christmas decorations and are even playing that annoying Christmas music that all sounds the same. Christmas gifts are being pushed, pushed, pushed upon us.

But I like Thanksgiving.
I like little cartoon turkeys and I like fall decorations. I like leaves and cornucopias and pumpkins and hayrides. Fall is my favorite season. I love apple cider with caramel and cinnamon. I love pumpkin spice lattes and rosy cheeks and brisk wind that makes you glow like a glossy apple.

It seems like nobody even cares about Thanksgiving anymore. Heck, as soon as the first snow falls, screw everything but Christmas! (In all fairness, Christmas is another distorted holiday where we get to focus on ourselves.)

In my humble opinion, I think everyday should be Thanksgiving. Not so much in the feasting and the hanging out with friends... just in realizing all we have. Simply acknowledge it. Take your eyes off your small self for a moment, and look at what all the Lord has given. Just bask in it. Be grateful. Thank Him. Treat everyday like Thanksgiving.

So, I'm-a cheat: on Thanksgiving EVE (gasp) I'm gonna tell you what I'm thankful for... be it small or big. And tomorrow I'm going to make another list. And the day after. And the day after. Until it just comes so naturally to me that I don't even have to think about it.
1. I'm soo thankful for two parents that love the Lord and love each other, and love me--even though I'm just a big mess.
2. I'm thankful to be a part of the Christmas Post this year. Every time I go to practice I am blessed even more than the time before. I never knew being part of a theatre production could be this awesome.
3. I'm thankful for great friends that are encouraging and uplifting and love me no matter what. Along the same lines, I'm thankful for not-so-great friends, because they remind me how great the great ones really are.
4. I'm thankful for little Sarah, who doesn't run TOO well but she gets me to school and home everyday. And she has a nice radio. :)
5. I'm thankful for BSF--my discussion group could not be more awesome.
6. I'm thankful for my piano students!
7. I'm defffffinitely thankful for tea! =]
8. I'm thankful for that little nudge I get from my conscience when I want to say something I shouldn't. Sometimes I don't listen and say it anyway, and I regret it. I may even be thankful for that, cuz it helps me the next time.
9. I'm thankful for journaling, cuz I'd be a weird, messed-up little knot of emotions without that release!
10. I'm thankful for a merciful God who listens to and answers my feeble prayers. I am so small. Who am I, that He is mindful of me? <3

10 seems like a nice place to stop for this post, but I want to never cease being grateful.

"Thanks be to God for His indescribable gift!" --2 Corinthians 6:15

1 comment:

Hannah said...

We made our thankful lists on "Thanksgiving Eve" too. I had 23 & Husband had 20, but his rhymed, so I guess he won. :-P