If my sister had her way, she would have been playing Christmas music before Thanksgiving. Our parents made us wait until the day after Thanksgiving.
More and more we are seeing the Christmas decorations displayed in the stores earlier and earlier.
Whatever happened to Thanksgiving?
As much as I love Christmas, I agree with my parents and have 4 reasons why I do NOT decorate for Christmas BEFORE Thanksgiving.
We all have our opinions.
I am going to share mine.
They are not necessarily right, so because of that, I would just LOVE to know what YOUR opinion is.
Do you decorate BEFORE or AFTER Thanksgiving?
Reasons Why People Decorate Before Thanksgiving
In many parts of the country, it is getting colder. It was 29F this morning and a few moments ago, snow flakes blew past the window reminding me that snow is coming soon.
Stringing lights on the roof of the house and putting decorations outside can be difficult to nearly impossible once the snow flies. Your fingers get mighty cold before those lights are hung. It is best to get it done early.
A friend hung her lights on their house and made sure her kids knew they would not turn them on until after Thanksgiving!
- One lady said that she has many decorations, it takes a long time to set them up, and she wants to enjoy them as long as possible.
- Some families might want to decorate early because a member of the family is being deployed and won’t be home for Christmas.
- Retailers decorate early because they want shoppers to be thinking early about purchasing. They have profits in mind.
If you like putting your Christmas tree up early, you might have something to add to that list?
Reasons Why People Wait Until AFTER Thanksgiving
Are we not enjoying the moment?
We like to plan ahead, and so much so; that often we do not enjoy what God has given us in the here and now.
- Thanksgiving is a time to reflect what God has done for our country. I love the story about the Pilgrims. We used to decorate a little each Thanksgiving to remind our children of how the Pilgrims relied on God to provide for them. We would read some books about the first Thanksgiving. With the extra push to decorate early for Christmas, I get the feeling that we are forgetting and blurring the story of God’s hand on America.
- Thanksgiving is a time to be thankful for what God has done for us during the past year. As we rush into decorating early, our focus gets onto the next holiday without taking time to be still and reflect on how God has provided for us.
- Thanksgiving is a time to slow down and relax. Christmas has the reputation for being hurried, rushed and frenzied even when you try to slow down and enjoy it. There are huge financial demands on the budget for most people that strain even the well-intentioned. When we get the decorations for Christmas out early, it is easy to get out-of-focused. Instead, I challenge you to slow down and relax with your husband, children, family, and friends around a delicious meal.
- I don’t want to exchange the orange, browns, and yellows of Thanksgiving for Christmas. For me, serving a Thanksgiving meal on a table decorated for Christmas and a sparkling tree in the next room would change-up the mood. Now, don’t get me wrong. I love Christmas but when I am trying to remember the Mayflower and Squanto, it would be confusing while hearing a song about the angels singing on high while baby Jesus is laying in the manger.
Like I said, these are my reasons for waiting until AFTER Thanksgiving to decorate for Christmas. I personally love how the colors we use to decorate for fall bring a feeling of warmth.
BUT . . . Sometime after Thanksgiving, I will be thinking of Christmas, decorating, listening to Christmas songs, shopping for gifts for those I love, and entering into a season to reflect about God’s gift of baby Jesus to mankind.
I think it is kind of fun that you may not have the same traditions in your home.
My Challenge: What do YOU do? I’d love it if you’d share about YOUR Thanksgiving traditions in the comments so we can all exchange our thoughts.
Give thanks to the Lord for He is good: His love endures forever. ~Psalm 107:1
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