The day after Halloween, I always hear Christmas carols playing. Whether they’re on the radio or my friend’s Spotify playlist, those familiar songs are everywhere. Even when I am shopping at Kroger, “Jingle Bells” and “Joy to the World” are playing over the store speakers. It’s not only the Christmas carols, though; it’s the Christmas decorations. November has barely begun, yet shopping malls and neighbors have started putting up their Christmas lights and setting up their nativity scenes.
Within a few hours after Halloween is over, we Americans start thinking about Christmas, the season of giving and receiving.
But we often overlook the holiday in-between Halloween and Christmas: Thanksgiving.
Why do we immediately jump from Halloween to Christmas?
Our passion for giving and receiving has caused us to forget about Thanksgiving.
Consequently, we hurdle over a day of being thankful and look forward to a holiday that has, unfortunately, turned in to a season of wanting.
I’m not saying we shouldn’t look forward to Christmas. However, I think we need to pause and devote a day to being thankful for what we have, instead of simply anticipating what we will receive.
Solomon, the wisest man in the world, said it this way:
There is a time for everything, and a season for every activity under the heavens. (Ecclesiastes 3:1 NIV)
In other words, Christmas will come soon enough. But first, would you be willing to join me in pausing and giving thanks to our heavenly Father who graciously gives us exactly what we need?