The Time Machine series features posts from years past.
Five years ago I started to make Thanksgiving a bit more of a season in our home with something I call “3 Weeks of Thanks”. This was originally posted in September 2015. Enjoy!
This is my third year attempting to make Thanksgiving into something of a season in our home. I call it 3 Weeks of Thanks.
Christmas gets a nice long season with fun festivities. Easter gets at least a week.
But Thanksgiving? Usually it’s like, “oh by the way we’re having Thanksgiving dinner in three days from now – what do you want to bring?”
“YIPES! Cook the potatoes! Did we get a big enough turkey? Should I mash that can-shaped cranberry sauce or leave it in the shape of the can? I think we need more stuffing.”
Fun and yummy! BUT… it’s more than all that. Reading the news lately makes me realize that my kids are experiencing a life that most people do not. The things that are so normal for them are completely out of reach for many kids their age. My heart aches to think that they will become entitled and take these things for granted.
And yet, I know they probably will. It’s human nature. They will look back at my ideas like 3 Weeks of Thanks and think, “boy, my mom was the cheesiest woman on the planet. Remember when we used to write all those things we were thankful for on those construction paper leaves and tape them to the wall for the Thanksgiving Tree? No one actually has a thanksgiving tree. What a ridiculous thing that isn’t a real thing.”
But you know what? I don’t care. I want them to understand that everything we have is not because we are awesome and can do it all by ourselves. I want them to know that God is real. He is present. He is WITH us. He is worthy of our worship. He is the source of Life.
And when they begin to realize that life is not fair, bad things happen, and even that people do bad things, I want them to know everything is not random and pointless.
Hard to imagine that a construction paper tree is going to make a difference when that time comes. But God shows up in very ordinary things. And He uses very ordinary people.
“But Jesus said, ‘Let the children come to me. Don’t stop them! For the Kingdom of Heaven belongs to those who are like these children.”
Matthew 19:14 (NLT)