Thursday, November 26, 2009

Bringing Back Thanksgiving

This year, more than any other year, I have felt like we as a society, as a nation, as a group of believers have decided to skip over THANKSgiving in an attempt to head straight into the Christmas season. Now, most everyone knows that we at the Graham house LOVE Christmas!! It is our favorite holiday and we go all out!!

But I can't help but feel like we let THANKSgiving pass by with far to little notice. We are being pushed into the Christmas season earlier and earlier each year by the retail world, who make very little money off of a holiday based on being THANKful.

So in an attempt to be more purposeful about all holidays (and the meaning they hold) I have decided to Bring Back THANKSgiving!

It has not been easy... I have been accused of "forcing Fall" onto this otherwise hot and humid state. I proudly wear my brown/orange/fall clothes, I have eaten more than my fair share of candy corns, I have left my Fall decorations of pumpkins and fall leaves up, and I have participated in WAY too many craft shows.

And today, on the eve of this holiday we have spent time as a family making pumpkin cookies and doing THANKSgiving crafts. We are making time... holding off on the Christmas season... and putting some purposeful time and effort into being THANKful.

Luke and I are at his Mom's for THANKSgiving this year. Here are some pics of our holiday thus far...

Candy Cornucopias
Half eaten pumpkin crunch (who needs to wait until THANKSgiving day to dig into one of our desserts :)

Graham decorating Pumpkin cookies.

Our plate of pumpkin cookies
So we look forward to tomorrow with great anticipation. I am so excited about waking up in the morning, watching the Macy's THANKSgiving Day parade, spending time with my Graham family, eating TONS of good food, and reflecting on just how THANKFUL I am for all that God has done for me.
I have made a sign that is currently sitting on the island at my mother-in-laws. It reads "Today I am THANKFUL for..." By end of day tomorrow I hope the entire sheet of paper is filled with things that we are all THANKFUL for.
I hope tomorrow brings tons of fun, food, and family for everyone, but most of all I hope it helps us all remember to be THANKFUL for all of the good and perfect gifts that we have been given to us from God.

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4 comments:

Elizabeth said...

I've missed your blog posts. And this was such a fun one to read! The pics of Graham and Aly (twitter) are adorable. I'm so glad you were able to spend time with them. and I'm glad that you stopped and celebrated THANKsgiving before moving on to Christmas. I'm thankful for you... and that I get to see you really soon!

chrisa4357 said...

YAY! I'm so glad you remembered how to blog! :) I like this post because I agree that it seems that society seemed to pass right by T-day this year and jump to Christmas. We do have much to be thankful for and blogs that keep me up to date on my sisters lives (when they choose to blog) are definitely on my list of things to be thankful for.

anna and geoffrey said...

I hope you had a great Thanksgiving!! Miss you and would love to chat and catch up soon! xo

Elizabeth said...

P.S. I forgot to mention that the Publix pilgrims were a part of our Thanksgiving celebration here in Prague too! :)