Let's Get One Things Straight, Christmas Fanatics — Please Let Me Enjoy The Holidays Beforehand

Let's Get One Things Straight, Christmas Fanatics — Please Let Me Enjoy The Holidays Beforehand

Halloween is important, and please let me swim in gravy on Thanksgiving, too.

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I get it, Christmas is magical. I don't want this article to make me sound like the Grinch. I am a huge Christmas fan, however, I'm also a huge Halloween fan and an even bigger Thanksgiving fan!

Halloween is truly a special holiday. Other than it being an excuse for college students to drink for an entire week or so, it is one that's brought me joy for many years. I remember being a little girl and meeting up at "the circle" to go trick or treating with my friends, parents, and their parents. When I was even younger, I lived on a culdesac and the parents would sit out in their lawn chairs and hand out candy that way.

Both ways, I got candy and I was a happy camper. Both of these memories bring me nothing but joy, which makes Halloween a nostalgic holiday. Also, now I'm on team "let's get SPOOKY" (but not spooky enough to change my Twitter handle).

Now, the real winner here is Thanksgiving. There is nothing better than sitting around the table with all of the people that you love. I've been blessed to have friends-givings too. Which might be one of the best things that have ever happened. Teenagers have used Thanksgiving to celebrate and be thankful for one another, which is fantastic. And Adults? Well, they've had Thanksgiving handled forever. I'm convinced there's a training manual for that stuff. Anyways, everyone's celebrating and eating together and it's ALL great.

Now, Christmas fanatics: PLEASE let me enjoy these holidays. It is NOT Christmas season after Halloween ends. I know you think that I'm trying to kill your spirits, and I'm not. I just feel as if there's so much joy to be had during these other holidays, and if we wait for Christmas it will be so much more enjoyable when it happens. There's no fun in wearing Christmas out to the point where you're tired of it by December.

What can you celebrate always? JESUS! He's always been good, and always will be.

Although Christmas is a time to remember his birth and His presence on the earth, we can praise His name forever.

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10 Bible Verses For Thanksgiving

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The Thanksgiving season is a time we spend with our loved ones giving thanks for the blessings we are given. Here are 20 Bible verses that remind us of what Thanksgiving is all about:

1) 1 Chronicles 16:34

Give thanks to the Lord, for he is good; his love endures forever.

2) Colossians 3:15-17

And let the peace of Christ rule in your hearts, to which indeed you were called in one body. And be thankful. Let the word of Christ dwell in you richly, teaching and admonishing one another in all wisdom, singing psalms and hymns and spiritual songs, with thankfulness in your hearts to God. And whatever you do, in word or deed, do everything in the name of the Lord Jesus, giving thanks to God the Father through him.

3) Philippians 4:6

Do not be anxious about anything, but in everything by prayer and supplication with thanksgiving let your requests be made known to God.

4) Psalm 30:12

That my glory may sing your praise and not be silent. O Lord my God, I will give thanks to you forever!

5) Isaiah 12:4-5

And you will say in that day: “Give thanks to the Lord, call upon his name, make known his deeds among the peoples, proclaim that his name is exalted. “Sing praises to the Lord, for he has done gloriously; let this be made known in all the earth.

6) Hebrews 12:28-29

Therefore, since we receive a kingdom which cannot be shaken, let us show gratitude, by which we may offer to God an acceptable service with reverence and awe; for our God is a consuming fire.

7) Jonah 2:9

But I will sacrifice to You With the voice of thanksgiving. That which I have vowed I will pay Salvation is from the Lord."

8) 1 Timothy 4:4-5

For everything created by God is good, and nothing is to be rejected, if it is received with gratitude; for it is sanctified by means of the word of God and prayer.

9) Psalm 28:7

The Lord is my strength and my shield; My heart trusts in Him, and I am helped; Therefore my heart exults, And with my song I shall thank Him.

10) Psalm 100:4

Enter His gates with thanksgiving, And His courts with praise. Give thanks to Him; bless His name.

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Christmas Of Remembrance Series: My Last Letter

Christmas time is not about the gifts... It is about something far, far more special.

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Dear Reader,

Thank you for your time.

This is a series that I have dedicated to those I have loved and lost. It was merely a thought, then an idea, and now a realized creation. Christmas time… all winter really is a hard time for me. It holds this duality in my life of being both my favorite and also my least favorite and difficult time of year. It has been that way for years now.

In a way, this series aids my closure and healing further, and it allows me to tell my story in a way that, to me, is less scary (one of the many great facets of this platform). It was never my intention to write this in order to reach people, or encourage people, or serve as an inspiration to anyone. This was for me and only me. No one else. But, if these pieces of writing do impact someone, somewhere, or make them feel encouraged or inspired in some way or another, or just simply make them feel, then I hope you have enjoyed them. If I can make someone feel, then I guess I have done my job.

The life of an artist is often an uncertain one. The life of a human is a trying one. But life is a journey, and all journeys have their trials. Their tests. Their triumphs and rewards. And they all have their losses. What matters most is what you make of all of it. What lessons you learn. What changes you make. What life you create for yourself. What art you create because of it all. It can be very, very hard. But it can all be glorious at the same time.

At the heart of this series, my words, there is this deep and valuable belief of mine: Christmas (or the Winter Holiday that you may celebrate) is so much more about presents and cooking and shopping and all that other bullshit… it is about family.

The family that is related by blood. The family that surrounds your heart. Your Mom. Your brother. Your dearest friends. The bonds that make life valuable. Worth living. These bonds are soulful bonds, ones that are far more special than any mere trivial object. So… be with them. Forgive. Forget. Heal. Mend what is broken. Reassemble what has been shattered. And stop worrying so much. Laugh together. Cry together. Heal on another. Heal together. And may your new days be better, brighter, and full of love.

Happy Holidays.

Ty


A song for you...

"Sense of Home" — Harrison Storm / YouTube

If you liked this series, I invite you to check out my previous article below…

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