Earlier today, after church, Rebecca, Jacob and I ran into our local Dollar Tree and I was amazed, yet not surprised, that they had over 3 aisles of Christmas decorations out. It is only 1 day past Halloween! Granted, Dollar Tree did have an end-cap with Thanksgiving decorations, however it was the end of 1 aisle, NOT the 3 aisles that had been dedicated to Christmas. Then, later I was on facebook and a friend had posted her coffee cup from Starbucks and it was red for the holiday season. Um...isn't fall and harvest colors yellows and oranges and browns? Again, another company looking forward to Christmas and completely bypassing Thanksgiving.
In the past November meant Thanksgiving and not let's start thinking about Christmas, etc. Don't get me wrong, I love Christmas. However, I feel like everyone around me has become so commercialized and tend to get the "give me, give me, give me" mentality for Christmas and they truly have lost the sense of gratefulness that Thanksgiving and November is supposed to be about.
I can't change everyone's attitude. But I can change my own. I have decided that I want to focus on what I am thankful for during this month, rather than only looking forward to Christmas. Don't get me wrong, I will probably still do some Christmas shopping this month, however, I truly want to place more of my focus on the people, things and experiences that I am grateful for.
So for the month of November, I am going to try to post at least 1 thing each day that I am thankful for. I invite each of you to do the same, either on your own blogs or in the comments section. I hope that it will help me to see that I have a lots of things to be thankful for....
On this first day of November, I am thankful for my husband. He is my soul mate and my love. He puts up with my many moods. He works very hard to take care of our family. He is quirky and crazy, with a great sense of humor. He has an uncanny knack with numbers and statistics. I believe that God got it right when he put the two of us together. I cannot imagine what my life would have been like the last 11 years, if I did not have Bill by my side. So today, I am extremely grateful for the presence of my husband in my life!
If you are joining in....what are you thankful for?