As we are all looking forward to this holiday season, it seemed like a good moment to stop for a moment and consider what these holidays are, what they were intended for, and what they have become.
First off, I’ll name the holidays of which I will be speaking. Christmas, and Thanksgiving. There are more, but these are by far the most well known.
What were they intended for?
Thanksgiving is a holiday for remembering the goodness of God, and giving Him thanks for all He has done for us.
Christmas is a day set aside to remember the birth of our Saviour, Jesus Christ.
What have they become in the public mind?
Thanksgiving has become a time where we gather with family and have a big dinner. Some go to movies, others sleep, and others will watch TV all afternoon.
Christmas, being more of a selling point for retailers anymore, has completely lost it’s original intent. Santa, stockings, candy canes, and Christmas trees have become the icons of Christmas. Gift giving has turned into the main point of the day, instead of the act of giving gifts being a symbol of the greatest gift given. This has become the problem with today’s culture. We have so exalted the symbol, that we have completely forgotten what it stood for. But, this is a subject for another time.
I guess what I’m trying to say is, don’t forget what God has done for you in His infinite mercy. Take some time to truly give him thanks this Thanksgiving, and instead of being wrapped up in the moment on Christmas day, remember the greatest gift given by the giver of all gifts. Maybe your family already does this. And if so, may the Lord be exalted all the more. If your family has never given it a second thought, I ask you to go out of your way during these holidays and ask God to give you a heart of thankfulness for his grace beyond comprehension.