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Things I am Thankful for…

Happy Thanksgiving!!! I hope everyone finds a moment to pause and realize all they have to be thankful for… this day isn’t about turkey, dressing and football (okay its not ALL about that), its about being thankful for all our many blessings. Because no matter how horrible things may be for a person, there is always SOMETHING to be thankful for… even if its just to have the clothing on your back.

That being said, things I am thankful for:

Life lessons. Its a crazy, crazy life. I am thankful for the ups and downs this world throws my way. Everything from the surreal to the devastating… it all has its purpose and lesson to be learned from it. I am thankful for those lessons.

Family. I am SO blessed to have the most amazing family in the world. I wouldn’t be who or where I am without them. I couldn’t begin to thank them for all their have done for me nor put into word what they mean to me.

Friends. Old friends. New friends. Texas. Nashville. Online. All of them. I am so thankful. If a person’s wealth were measured by their friends, I’d be a multi-millionaire.

Freedom. We live in a time when it seems our freedoms are slowly being taken away, one by one. But in the end, I still have amazing freedoms that so many others don’t have. I live in a country where its okay to complain, pray, praise, and love who I love. We have countless freedoms we should NEVER take for grated.

Necessities fulfilled. I am thankful for a roof over my head, food on the table. I am thankful for work to do to provide us those things. I am thankful for hope to keep us going, and faith to keep that hope alive.

Countless other things… From the silly to the serious… I have so very much to be thankful!!

It’s not even Thanksgiving yet!

044: Time to decorateMy parents took me tonight to pick out my birthday present — new clothes! YAY! However, while shopping, it was impossible to ignore all the Christmas music coming through the speakers. It was off-putting to say the least. A friend of mine that works in retail reported last night that in her store, every other song is now Christmas music. By the time December 25th arrives, I fear she might find a way to short-out the sound system in her store.

I can’t say I blame her.

See, I like Thanksgiving. A lot. But with everyone (read: retail) in such a hurry to get to Christmas, it feels like the holiday gets lost. Halloween is huge, then Christmas is huge, but Thanksgiving… well, it’s practically ignored. It’s such an important holiday — it’s a time to take a moment and count your blessings — yet instead, the focus is on buying stuff. Buy, buy, buy! Spend! Spend! spend! Yes, its all about giving gifts to our loved ones, which is not a BAD thing, but I don’t think burying the importance of Thanksgiving is good either.

It wasn’t even Halloween yet, and Target already had half their seasonal section selling Christmas decorations. I wasn’t happy about that, but it was also all to the back of the store and it wasn’t the focus. Tonight, every store we went into had Christmas decorations up, and Bing Crosby singing “White Christmas.”

The sad thing is that I found myself singing along! I felt I should be shot myself for being dragged into that. Grrrr… Evil retail mind washing. I love Christmas music, but not in early November. Let me enjoy Fall and Thanksgiving, please, first.

Thank you.