Thursday, November 22, 2012

Thanksgiving 2012

Thanksgiving is hands-down my favorite holiday. I grow to love it more every year and today I think I finally put my finger on seems to be the only holiday not corrupted by commercialism. It is simply a day about family, friends, food and fellowship. That's it.

There's not a special dress or costume to buy...decorations are don't have to be purchased stamped and mailed...there are no gifts to be exchanged. We just get to be together--a pleasant pause before the Christmas rush-- with hearts full of gratitude.

Our tradition is to host both sets of grandparents. I set a formal table using pieces from my husband's grandmothers and from my mother's aunt. It is a perfect blend of our families (except for the absence of our sisters and their crews).

We use placecards my kiddos made a couple of years ago with verses printed inside. Every person in attendance reads a Scripture about gratitude and then shares something for which they are thankful. (It blessed my soul today to hear my 88 year old Grandmama read her passage and share her thoughts.) We always wind up playing outside, burning off the feast and enjoying the Fall afternoon.

Sweet, sweet times. Humble, grateful hearts recounting all God has done on behalf of His people--His Love, His Provision, His Mercy, His Grace. Tonight we are full (physically and emotionally).

It really is the perfect precursor to Christmas.

May we move into Advent with this heart attitude--not empty and frenzied, but quiet & full-- excited to give, serve and love from the overflow of our abundance--and may we lead our children to do the same.  

Thank you! Everything in me says “Thank you!”
    Angels listen as I sing my thanks.
I kneel in worship facing your holy temple
    and say it again: “Thank you!”
Thank you for your love,
    thank you for your faithfulness;
Most holy is your name,
    most holy is your Word.
The moment I called out, you stepped in;
    you made my life large with strength.
Psalm 138:1-3 The Message 

1 comment:

Lana said...

Beautiful post! I thoroughly enjoy Thanksgiving, too!