5 Things I’m Not So Fond Of About Thanksgiving

As we all know, Thanksgiving was this last past Thursday. Amid the turkeys, gravies, stuffings, various side dishes and desserts, I took a lot of observations. Usually I’m pretty observant, but, knowing that I have to write a blog, I try to kick my observations up a notch (so I’ll have something to write about). Therefore, I’d like to share with you “5 Things I’m Not So Fond Of About Thanksgiving” (in order of “this bugs me” to “this makes me pull my hair out of my head”).

Are you ready for the countdown?… Let’s go!

#5 – The Guilt… Oh The Guilt

So Thanksgiving is one of those days where you eat, eat, eat, and eat some more. Because you don’t get that level, quality, or capacity of food on a regular basis, it leads to overeating. Overeating leads to tummy aches. Tummy aches lead to remorse. Remorse leads to (drumroll please) GUILT!

(Oh yeah… I definitely felt guilty last week.)

#4 – Traveling

Not that any of you out there in blog land would know this, but I travel a lot. Everything from the morning commute back and forth to work, the weekly commute back and forth to church, or to the many places where I teach music (which can vary depending on the time of year). Needless to say, I travel all the time, but there’s just something about traveling when I should be resting that’s just… uncivilized.

#3 – Traveling with Non-Drivers

So to add to all of this, there’s nothing worse than traveling on the road with non-drivers (or, as my parents like to say, drivers who got their driver’s licenses from JCPenney). They either drive too slow, incoherently, or don’t think ahead (making them cross over 3-4 interstate lanes to get to an exit). Lord have mercy!

#2 – Traveling with Non-Drivers Who Have Nice Cars

So this is a new pet peeve of mine, but it’s creeped up my “Not So Fond Of” list pretty quickly. In #3 I mentioned drivers that drive too slow. Well add to that those same drivers are in cars that are KNOWN to “run”. For example, WHY OH WHY are you driving a (take your pick):

Any vehicle with a V8 (or even V6) engine
Any vehicle with a Hemi
(add additional fast cars here)

…and going 10 UNDER the speed limit? Anytime I can pass you in my aging vehicle as you plunk along make me… impatient.

#1 – The Commercialization of the Holy Days

Did you know that the etymology behind the word “Holiday” comes from the combination of “Holy Day”? Even if you didn’t know that, Thanksgiving is a day set aside to give (drumroll yet again…) THANKS. Therefore, it’s hard for me to watch the commercialization of Thanksgiving and the even greater offense of the commercialization of Christmas (but that’s a blog for another time). Black Friday, Cyber Monday, and I recently learned about Small Business Saturday. Ultimately three days to help you skip the entire point that if it weren’t for Thanksgiving Day, none of these “commercial holidays” would even exist. It diminishes the meaning of Thanksgiving because if you think about it, what are you really saying?…

“I am thankful… but as soon as I buy that 99% off TV that I have to fight my fellow family, friends, neighbors, and strangers over I’ll be even MORE thankful.”


5 Things I Absolutely Love About Thanksgiving

As we all know, Thanksgiving was this last past Thursday. Amid the turkeys, gravies, stuffings, various side dishes and desserts, I took a lot of observations. Usually I’m pretty observant, but, knowing that I have to write a blog, I try to kick my observations up a notch (so I’ll have something to write about). Therefore, I’d like to share with you “5 Things I Absolutely Love About Thanksgiving” (in order of pretty important to super important).

Are you ready for the countdown?… Let’s go!

#5 The Christmas Holiday Kickoff

Let’s start here. The timespan between between Thanksgiving Day and Christmas Day is the ONLY time where you can play the same 25 Christmas songs over and over and over again and it’s OK. Any time before that OR after that is OUT OF ORDER. Therefore, let the commence music COMMENCE (but don’t get crazy with it).

#4 The Food

I’m an eater… I’ve been one all my life… I eat everyday… and I would say that I’m pretty good at it… but there’s something about the span between Thanksgiving and New Years that’s just full of awesome dinners. Sure there’s the traditional Turkey, but if you’re from a family like mine, you get copious amounts of all kinds of food AND depending on who’s house you’re visiting, you might even get an adventurous and tasty suprise… or two… or twenty.

#3 Family and Friends

Just because “family and friends” is in the #3 spot DOES NOT, in no way, diminish it’s significance (because once you see what’s in the 3 through 1 spots, you’ll understand). I love my family dearly and because I don’t live closeby, that makes holiday times like these that much more special.

#2 The Fellowship

Why is this different and seperate from #3? Simple. I’ve learned over my lifetime that just because you’re related doesn’t mean that you have to love/like your relatives. Family members can be in the same room and hate each others guts. I’m blessed to say that’s not the case with my lovey dovey ooey gooey family. Fellowship, which to me is being able to have an awesome time laughing, joking, kidding around, eating, and sharing saying what you’re thankful for, is a MAJOR thing I love about Thanksgiving.

#1 The Actual Giving of Thanks

The Bible says that we should give thanks continually (1 Thessalonians 5:16) because it’s God’s will for us in Christ Jesus. That alone is enough for me to end this section, BUT, for me, the actual giving of thanks in a public forum (at least it’s pretty public with my family) gives me the opportunity to tell a lot of people how God has kept me throughout the year and how I’m looking forward to what’s in store. I think that’s awesome!

What are some things that you absolutely loooooooove about Thanksgiving?

Don’t Forget To Give Thanks

To all of my blog followers and visitors, I just wanted to remind you that as we are observing Thanksgiving this week, enjoy time with family and friends and be truly greatful. God has blessed us to see another Thanksgiving and for all the ways it COULD have turned out, it didn’t turn out that way. That alone is enough to be thankful for, but I’m sure you all have so much more to be thankful for.


Where this blog is concerned, I am thankful for you, the reader. Hopefully all that you’ve read up to this point has either fascinated you, encouraged you, enlightened you, made you laugh, made you think, or just made you feel better. Ultimately, I appreciate each and every one of you.

Bottom line, don’t forget to give thanks on Thanksgiving. Have a great week. Blogs will reconvene on next week. In the meantime, I would like to share with you one of my favorite gospel selections. This is “Be Grateful” by Walter Hawkins (an oldie, but a goodie). Enjoy!


Merry Happy Christgivingsmas Day

I was in the grocery store yesterday hunting for a few more of those “after Halloween” candy sales (I don’t celebrate Halloween, but I do love a sale). I know it’s late in the month of November for such a hunt, but it never hurts to try. I turned down the “multi-purpose aisle” (you know the aisle… the one with all the random seasonal stuff in it) and to my surprise my eyes are bombarded with red, green, silver, snowflakes, and Christmas themed candy. Keep in mind that not even a week ago, this aisle was almost a barren candy wasteland where Halloween themed candy used to live. Now, it’s Christmas.

Then I had a thought, “Did we even get to Thanksgiving yet?”

I know the marketing gurus in corporate America love Christmas (if nothing more than for the marketability), but it almost feels like Christmas keeps getting earlier and earlier every year. Funny how Christmas gets earlier every year, but daylight savings time NEVER SEEMS TO END.

But I digress…

Consider this… time flies fast enough on its own so we (or the corporate machine) don’t need to push it any faster. When we rush to the destination, we miss the journey and life (as we know and love it) is MORE about the journey as opposed to the destination. Christmas is coming (no doubt about it), but if we zip past Thanksgiving trying to get to the next holiday sale, then we’ve totally missed the purpose of setting aside a specific time to give thanks to God for all He has done for us throughout the year.

Ergo, we sacrifice a spiritual opportunity for a selfish opportunity.

Bottom line, take the time out to GIVE THANKS on THANKSGIVING DAY.