This weekend I gave away the rest of my Halloween candy, planned dishes to take to the family Thanksgiving meal, and rode through the Festival of Lights Christmas display in James Island, South Carolina. Maybe we should call this time of year HalloWeThanksMas. It’s crazy how the three holidays seem to bump into each other in our haste to get through one and begin the next. Have you noticed that before the pumpkins are carved and the goblins come out, stores and some eager-beavers have already moved on to Christmas? Hey, wait a minute what about Thanksgiving?
I like the simplicity of Thanksgiving. It is about giving thanks for what we have and enjoying a big meal with family. I like the turkey, dressing, pumpkin pie, sweet potato casserole, and cranberry relish. Although I have many food allergies and intolerance, I manage to make it work for me using substitute ingredients.
I don’t think I’m alone in saying that the worst part of Christmas is the shopping, which I guess I should start soon. I never know what to get others and fear that I will waste money on things that others don’t want or can’t use. I wonder when Christians let their celebration of the birth of Christ get high jacked by retail stores.
Very soon I will share a Christmas short story I have yet to put on paper called “Charlie O’Malley Skipped Christmas.” It is about a man who no longer bothers with the Christmas season after the tragic, untimely death of his wife and daughter. In fact, Charlie doesn’t celebrate life itself, much less any holiday. Charlie becomes a cantankerous, bitter old man who makes everyone around him as miserable as he is. Fortunately, with the help of one person and the magic of Christmas Eve, Charlie is able to make peace with God. It is a sweet, inspiring story and one that I hope you will enjoy.
Wishing you joy and love during the holiday season.