Yes, our Christmas tree is up 4 days before Thanksgiving. And I have to say that this is earliest I have EVER had a Christmas tree in my house.
I know that many people are against early Christmas decorations because of the widespread commercialism of the holiday and the “skipping over Thanksgiving.” I have to admit that I have had similar thoughts in the past, so we have never put our tree up before Thanksgiving.
So when my children asked yesterday if we could please get our Christmas tree out (They have literally been asking since October!), I had a thought that actually changed the way I think about early Christmas decorating.
Here was my thought:
Christmas is actually a big part of Thanksgiving to me.
I know it does sound strange when you first hear this, but allow me to explain my thought:
So everyone knows that Thanksgiving is a time to pause and give thanks to God for all that we have. I love Thanksgiving! It’s one day of the year that we are especially mindful of all the blessings we have.
Thanksgiving is a time we remember the history of the Pilgrims coming to America, their successful first year of harvest, and how God had provided for them after the initial hardships they faced.
My daughter and I have been reading about this in detail and have learned so much in one of her history books this year called Stories Of The Pilgrims.
So that’s Thanksgiving.
Now let’s look at Christmas.
Christmas is about celebrating the Savior’s birth. Without Jesus coming to Earth as a baby, He could not have gone to the cross to pay for our sins (and not just for our sins, but for the sins of the whole world, “whosoever believes” 1 John 2:1-2, John 3:16).
This truth was really brought to life for me at Christmastime last year as my family and I enjoyed reading a book together called One Wintry Night.
My favorite quote from this book resonates in my mind as we approach Thanksgiving this year:
“Since the beginning of time, we needed Christmas.”
What a beautiful thought this is!
When you think of it this way, we really should be celebrating Christmas everyday of the year, the humble first coming of the Savior we all so desperately need!
So yesterday, 4 days before Thanksgiving, we put up our Christmas tree.
And while having a Christmas tree up doesn’t necessarily remind me of all the blessings I have to be thankful for, it does remind of of something that I am most thankful for:
God’s saving grace that was made possible only through Jesus, who first had to come as a baby in a manger.
Happy Thanksgiving, Friends!
I hope the blessing of Christmas will be a big part of your Thanksgiving this year!
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