Sometimes you wake up shocked by the news and wonder what is the world coming to, sometimes you wake up see the news and think, “Wait, what? Is this a joke? Is this an issue?”
My newsfeeds are full of articles and blog posts about Starbucks and red cups and anti-Jesus hating today. When the posts first started showing up, I thought it was a joke. I thought this can’t be real. Then I started reading some, and I still cannot believe that the color of a coffee cup can spark such heated debates and discussions. Emotions are running high over Starbucks and their seasonal cups – people have taken to social media to share their opinions loud and proud. Everyone is entitled to and encouraged to have an opinion, especially in the US of A.
Here’s my issue, it is November; November people! Every year Christmas and frankly, Halloween too, extend themselves over more and more of the calendar year. Neither of these celebrations takes place in November. November is the month of my favorite U.S. holiday, Thanksgiving! Thanksgiving is a day of family, friends, food, thanks, and notably not a day of presents. It is a day we give of ourselves; share ourselves with those around us, and not a day we give packages or candy. I’m afraid soon Christmas will squeeze all the other holidays out of calendar year. This fear does not make me a bad Christian; last I checked every religion believes God surrounds us every day of the year not just special holidays.
Can we please save the controversy of taking the Christ out of Christmas until after we celebrate Thanksgiving? Let’s please not take the thanks out of Thanksgiving. (Keep the Christ in Thanksgiving too, if you so believe.) Thanksgiving is truly an American holiday, as patriotic as the Fourth of July. Our family for one has our Thanksgiving countdown calendar up and we are counting the days, we have our Thanksgiving storybooks out and being read nightly, we have our Thanksgiving Turkeytrot run registered for, we have plans to celebrate a meal with friends near, and skype calls planned for our family far away. We plan to give thanks for all we have and we plan to enjoy the day and enjoy the build up to the day with all our preparations.
So while you drink your coffee, tea, or egg nog latte (they are out now!), in whatever color cup or mug you choose, please take a moment to ponder what you are thankful this Thanksgiving season. If we focus on the good in our lives instead of the bad that others around us might be doing, I believe we will all have a much happier, more positive November.
“Joined under one sky, with one prayer to say – a prayer of thanks for all they have this first Thanksgiving Day” – an excerpt from Laura Krauss Melmed’s storybook, This First Thanksgiving Day.