Thursday, November 24, 2011

Take a Deep Breath, and Slowly Drop That Turkey Baster!

As we gather around the table and TV today, I would like to make an appeal to all my fellow Americans. Relax. Choose your battles carefully. Slowly drop your turkey basters full of venom and embrace the spirit of the season.

Whoops, sorry, I sort of let one of those key phrases out and lost a bunch of you. I can hear it now.

“Don’t talk about the ‘spirit of the season’ yet! It is not Christmas time! That doesn’t kick off until we all get up at ungodly hours tomorrow to engage in the true meaning of Christmas—materialism and violence!”

I understand the origins of your anger. For years we have tried to deny that we are at our core an utterly materialist society and have tried to be offended that stores start bringing out the Christmas fare earlier and earlier. We seem to insist that Thanksgiving be its own holiday. However, I would like to argue for the idea that Thanksgiving and Christmas should be a part of one, huge, beautiful, two month long celebration of the most wonderful gift ever.

Think about it. At its core, Christmas is a reminder of what God did for humanity all those years ago when He came to live among us and ultimately to die for us so we could live the way we were truly created to live. That is something to be thankful for, no?

Also, Thanksgiving is simply a day set aside to be thankful. I am sure the intention was never for it to be a boon to the airline industry, football, and turkey farmers. We should be thankful every single day, this is just an extra helping of thankfulness (until the indigestion hits and you step on the scales the next morning!)

The unfortunate result of America proclaiming a special holiday in November is people are now artificially kept from enjoying Christmas music, decorations, and snow for weeks after their biological clocks are ready for it. Around the world people have been preparing for and remembering the coming of Christ for weeks now. All the while my American friends have been screaming “foul” at my first few bars of “Let It Snow.”

Thanksgiving is here. Enjoy it. Next year, consider making it a part of the most thankful season of the year. At least don’t club me with my Yule Log!

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