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Friday, November 02, 2007

A Soap Box!

Warning:
This is me getting on my soap box! You may want to stop reading or you may be curious!!
There is a really cool picture at the end. So if you don't want to read my stance on playing Christmas music already, skip down to the picture!

I love Christmas music, I really do..... BUT

I feel so sorry for Thanksgiving!

I was in Toys R Us, the day after Halloween, and do you know what I heard?????


YES!!!

Christmas songs!
I couldn't believe it!!!

I mean come on... we haven't yet even put away the costumes and the jack-o-lanterns.

At first I thought, well it just must be a toy store and trying to subliminally tempt people to begin their Christmas shopping.... BUT, later that day I was at another store, don't remember where exactly, I heard more!

Thanksgiving, in my opinion, gets jipped. We jump directly from Halloween to Christmas without even blinking. I love Fall and Thanksgiving! I love being able to stop and purposefully think about all that I'm thankful for and count my blessings. Yes, I do this often, not as often as I should, but there is just somethings special about Thanksgiving, to me!

I remember when my father would make us all go around the table to say what we are thankful for. I acted like I hated it, but I love those memories now, and on any given year, I find myself being tempted to make my boys do the same now! Isn't that bizarre!?!

You know, I think the Canadians have the right way of doing Thanksgiving... it's in early October. So before you even think of Halloween, you have Thanksgiving! Then Halloween and then you can zoom ahead to Christmas because you have already had your Thanksgiving.

Sorry..... just had to share!

I'm so excited, because this year we are driving up to be with my extended family for Thanksgiving in Iowa! It's been a year or two since I have been there and I CAN'T WAIT!!!!! It just isn't T-day if I'm not with my family in Iowa! It is so special to me and truly the 1 constant in my life since I can remember. I'm counting the days!!! 18 :)

Kory & Shelley, my brother and sister-in-law, are even going to be there this year as well!!!! YEAH!

Eat tons of yummy food, play endless hours of cards, watch a parade, catch up with family, and just be with the ones who have known you forever! I love you Granma and Granpa!!! I'll see you soon!!!!

PS
Speaking of my brother.... Completely Off Topic.
I had to share with you what my brother was for Halloween!

He Rocks!!!
Yes, that is actually him!

3 comments:

Kathryn, Michael & Alex said...

Poor Thanksgiving...I never thought of it like that.

We really do go straight from Halloween to Christmas.

Sure you see a few turkeys and a couple of horns of plenty, but really nothing to get excited about.

Go Thanksgiving!!!!

Thanks for the soap box.

Oh and cool costume.

Andrea said...

Kari-

I loved your memories about going around the table and saying what you are thankful for. I think we all acted like we hated it but deep down it always makes you feel good. We actually still do it! It's great and it only brings more into our lives!

Kari said...

You know, sometimes I look back at a particular year, when I was a bratty teen, and wish I could take back what I said I was thankful for....

You know what I mean... "my boyfriend" oh I so didn't get it. I know most of that is the whole teen thing, but I wish I could go back and say things and do things differently.

That's another reason why I'm so grateful and thankful for my Saviour! I don't have to wish to go back, I can ask forgiveness and He gives it. And I can be different now and show my children how every good thing comes from God and that we need to tell Him everyday how thankful we are to Him for His sacrifice and every blessing that He bestows on us!

I think that's another reason why I love Thanksgiving, Christmas and Easter. Being thankful and remembering what Jesus did and continues to do for us!!!