Tis the week of Thanksgiving and all we hear is on its way…is another busy run around Black Friday!
Silly me, what was I thinking going out this weekend to the stores? Well I was thinking I just wanted to get a look at what is available this year.
Maybe, I thought, I’d find a clever hostess gift for my sister who is hosting Thanksgiving next week.
Boy was I ever wrong! Even Walgreens has Christmas trees and Christmas stuff wall to wall.
And this is what I found…a lot of people walking around, just like me, a little overwhelmed with the impending season.
It’s a mixed up time! We are all looking forward to Thanksgiving so that the commercial Christmas season can begin–although it really began about 5 weeks ago.
Santa has it right…he is a wise old elf. He stays, safely in the North Pole, away from, well…everything and everyone and he concentrates on his job: making a list and checking it twice.
Then Santa makes sure that each person on his “Good” list has a little something under the tree, and those on the “Naughty” list receive a lump of coal.
We do the same thing. The people on our good list get a gift to show that they are important and thought of and those that make our naughty list–well I guess they didn’t make the cut.
That’s exactly as it should be. We gift the people we cherish most of all because Christmas should not be about everyone that crosses our path but about those we enjoy sharing the path with.
And while there is a multitude of stuff that can be purchased to put under the tree, it is the smaller, thoughtful gifts that are usually the most appreciated.
Also, a reason to be thankful, not for the gifts but for another year with those we love the most.
So this year I have decided to slow down, enjoy Thanksgiving with my family and be grateful for all our blessings.
Then I will make a list, and check it twice…before deciding on the gifts to be placed under the tree.