Is it Christmas already? No Wait! We ARE still in the month of November right? By the looks of my photos below, I think I can safely say that Autumn is definitely here and from my understanding after living in this country for the last 30+ years, Thanksgiving comes before Christmas. Correct me if I'm wrong, but I'm willing to bet, it is still a national holiday in this country.
In case you're wondering where I'm going with this rant, here it is. This morning I was headed to the gym to attend a Spinning Certification Training. I was pretty excited too, about the training and about the fact that the Mr. was staying home with all FOUR kids the entire day while I get to mingle with other adult minds.
Anyway, before I get lost in that world, let me move on. I turned on the radio, hoping to find some sing-along music or something that would energize me. Then I heard it... Bing Crosby's "Dreaming of a white Christmas." It's November 8th!!
Can we possibly get through the month of November before turning on the Christmas cheers. At this rate, by the time Christmas comes around, I will be sick of the cheery music we get to replay once a year.
Don't get me wrong. I LOVE Christmas. I love the feeling of the season, baking cookies with the kids, getting together with family and friends, sometimes I even enjoy torturing myself with a crazy stroll through a mall, just to say I survived. But I would like to reserve that experience to the month of December and focus on something I equally treasure in November...giving thanks.
I see Thanksgiving as a day to give thanks for the wonderful people in our lives, give thanks for having yet another day when we wake up to enjoy our children, our family, our friends and one more day to give thanks for the beauty we are giving in nature...just look around.
We can reflect on the material things we have, our careers, our education; but none of that matters without the love of those we hold dear. The best thing about this holiday, besides the awesome meals and the excuse to gain a few pounds, we don't even have to think about buying gifts because it's not about gift giving and receiving.
It is, in my opinion, the most honest holiday when families get together to share a meal, share life stories, watch the football game, and catch up with each other.
I will not be hitting that radio station button on my dial until I'm ready for Christmas music.
In the mean time, lets take time to give to those who are less fortunate than us, and extend a helping hand all year long.
A giving heart is a thankful heart!