Thanksgiving or Christmas?

Busy, busy, busy …

Can you believe that tomorrow is Thanksgiving and the official launch of the holiday season? Where did the time go? It seems like just yesterday I was putting away the Christmas 2011 decorations, and now, at least at the local stores, they’re in full display for the 2012 season.

Although the merchandisers are skipping right over Thanksgiving, the rest of us – at least those of us who are cooking – are thinking about this upcoming holiday. Big time. In fact the aromas of pumpkin pies may already be wafting through the air. And our to-do list for Thanksgiving alone mimics Santa’s in length. There are only hours left to shop, chop and perform a myriad of tasks to put a meal on the table. Ironically, it takes about 30 times longer to prepare the meal than to consume it. But who are we kidding? We love it all, and at the end of the day when we put up our feet and breathe a relaxing sigh, we’re glad we did it.

Since we’re still in the pre-Thanksgiving mode and working like crazy to get so much done, I’m going to try a different approach this year. As I pare, cut, simmer and bake, rather than thinking of the task itself, I’m going to try to focus on the person(s) who will enjoy it most. Be honest. Whether it’s dark meat or light, cranberry sauce or relish, apple or pumpkin pie, everybody has their favorites. That’s why we kill ourselves to provide so many options. But if I’m making an apple pie for Paul or chilling a can of cranberry sauce for Sarah, I want to think about each of them personally. I’m thinking that this just might make the tasks less tedious and help prepare my heart for the real meaning of Thanksgiving – being thankful to God for His many blessings.

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