I am writing late tonight. I apologize. Kind of. Life is busy.
One of our writers shows great admiration for Thanksgiving (she wrote about it once). Thanksgiving is a time of periodic gratitude, family get-togethers, good food, bad food, too much food, and early Christmas celebrators. I am the latter. Christmas lights are dope. Christmas tree snack cakes are straight fire (I say this knowing it isn’t cool used as an adjective anymore). But as I read Sophia’s post, I do agree that the meaning behind Thanksgiving is so often overshadowed by food, football, and the lingering of presents and jingle bells. But, what if I said that for Christians Christmas should be one of our main focuses for Thanksgiving. MIND. BLOWN.
I understand Thanksgiving is a time to show gratitude and togetherness. I also understand, as well as you probably do, that most of us never show gratitude for what we have (family, friends, warm homes, winning record for the Vols, etc.) until this holiday that rolls around in late November where we thank God for all we have then stuff our faces full of more food than a number of people see in a week, if not longer. “So what significance can Christmas bring to Thanksgiving?” Some feel that overlooking Thanksgiving is borderline sin. But I want to cut some slack to those premature-light hangers.
Christmas: A time we look to in observing the birth of our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ. Christmas is when redemption was born. (We could get into the details of when Christ was actually born or what really happened but we won’t.) Jesus “came to seek and to save the lost” (Luke 19:10).
As he considered this, an angel of the Lord appeared to him in a dream. “Joseph, son of David,” the angel said, “do not be afraid to take Mary as your wife. For the child within her was conceived by the Holy Spirit. And she will have a son, and you are to name him Jesus, for he will save his people from their sins.”
Jesus, the cornerstone of Christmas (or as most Christians say, ‘The Reason for the Season’), came to save his people from their sinfulness that separated them from God. Christ came as a propitiation for human rebellion against their creator (Romans 3:25). Christ came to die, in place of the transgressor (us), to bring salvation to a hopeless world. Sin caused a divide between God and His people, but Christ came to eliminate the divide and allow us to be together with God.
Paul say in Colossians that when our lives are truly rooted in Christ we overflow with thankfulness. We truly show thanksgiving when we show gratitude for the purpose of Christmas. One can celebrate Thanksgiving being grateful for what Christmas stands for. The coming of Christ allows us to have a relationship and commune with God. We are thankful for relationships with family and friends, and we should be more thankful for being able to have a relationship with the Creator of All.
My point: Thanksgiving should not be overlooked, but Christmas can gladly be celebrated early with thankful hearts for what Christ’s birth provides. Be thankful. Be cheerful.
Celebrate Thanks-mas. Or Christ-giving. Whichever one you like.
Hang those lights up proudly. Because Christmas lights honor the coming of the Light of the World. BOOM.
Happy Thanksgiving, you filthy animals.
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