Thanksgiving and Christmas are my two favorite holidays. It feels like a holimonth instead of two holidays. However, if we aren’t careful, we get caught up in the culture of Christmas and it becomes busy, stressful, and draining.
Black Friday starts on Thursday now. Consumer America wants us to forget about Thanksgiving by 4pm so we can be in line for the best deals that start at 5pm. I believe every year we need to be reminded to relax and remember the true meaning of this holiday season.
Are you thankful? Are you thankful for who you have? What you have? Was Thanksgiving a time of thanksgiving for you or the kickstart to your search for the best, most perfect, overpriced Christmas gift?
I want to encourage you to take time and remember what Christmas is about. All of us were without hope. Living in darkness. We were dead. Then light came into the world. Jesus, the Son of God, became a man. Emmanuel. God with us. The greatest gift ever!
Slow down. Breathe. Remember. Be thankful. Be in awe of Jesus. Make some hot chocolate, gather around with your family, read Luke 1 and 2, and sing some Christmas songs.
Here are the songs we will sing together Sunday: