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No time for giving thanks

Retailers have pulled Halloween candy from the shelves and are already replacing it with Christmas. When I was a kid there were shelves full of Thanksgiving decorations. Society has become a place where giving thanks is not a thing anymore especially if it is toward God. Why spend time thanking Him for what you already have when it’s time to start shopping for a bunch of stuff you probably don’t even really need?

There’s no profit in Thanksgiving so retailers aren’t really interested. There’s no exchange of gifts so kids and adults alike just use it as something to fill the gap between Halloween and Christmas. There used to be pictures of Pilgrims and Indians gathered together at a banquet. You can’t have this anymore because someone will be offended. You cannot associate any holiday or event with Christianity because the mention of Jesus is a no-no.

Christmas used to be the time to attend a church service and then get home to open a few presents. Now a lot of people I’ve talked to over the years start shopping for Christmas shortly after New Years. It seems like December should be ample time to pick up a few gifts. Do we really need 2 months?  Or 6? or 8?

It’s hard to commercialize Thanksgiving further although it’s already been reduced to sales of turkeys. I’m not one who enjoys going around the table reciting what everyone is thankful for. But there should at least be a small place in the heart for God as we approach the day that was set aside for giving thanks.

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