Why Thanksgiving is the Middle Child of the Holiday Family

Why Thanksgiving is the Middle Child of the Holiday Family

This year, can we give Thanksgiving his day, please?
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We all know that middle child stereotype of being the forgotten one, the one overlooked, the one who has to go above and beyond to get recognition. As the third of four, I am a middle child and I can totally see where these "myths" stemmed. In the Holiday family, Thanksgiving is the middle child. Falling between Halloween and Christmas, Thanksgiving is always overlooked and I am here to stand up for the forgotten member of the Holidays.

As soon as Halloween is over, or even sometimes before then, the stores are stocked full of Christmas goodies and decorations. Excuse me!!! What about Thanksgiving?? Poor, poor Thanksgiving gives it his all, but that is simply not enough. He goes above and beyond with a feast of food: turkey, stuffing, cranberry sauce, mashed potatoes, gravy, yams, pumpkin pie, and whatever else is included in each family's tradition (for my family, we always have Dino Chicken Nuggets... long story), yet somehow, this extravagant meal just doesn't cut it.

The holidays have high standards, and the flamboyant costumes of Halloween along with the endless presents of Christmas overshadow poor old Thanksgiving. There are songs written about both his older brother Halloween (think "Monster Mash", "This is Halloween", and all the random songs you learned in music class in the third grade) and his younger brother Christmas (I don't think I need to list any Christmas Carols, do I?). Movies are dedicated to his brothers, and Thanksgiving gets nothing.

People are more excited for his cousin, Black Friday than for him! So this year, let's give Thanksgiving a break, cut him some slack, let him be recognized as he deserves. Wait until after his time of the year has passed before blasting Christmas Carols and putting up your tree (did I mention his younger brother Christmas has a tree named after him??) and give him the attention he deserves.

Don't worry, Thanksgiving, I will always be there for you.

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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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Open The Window

Why we need to open our windows again and let in the light.

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Picture this: You're walking down the sidewalk on a busy street in the middle of downtown. It's just past lunch hour and you look skyward and see the tall business buildings and apartment complexes rise around you. There's a cool breeze that is funneled through the city and the sky is clear with a few puffy white clouds. The traffic is kind of busy, but moving smoothly. There are dozens of other people walking around you, but then you think to yourself, wow, look at how dirty the windows are. You then take a closer look around you and see that nearly every window in every building is closed and the blinds down or the curtain pulled shut.

Windows. Such a simplistic thing in our very complex world. The panel of clarity that separates the inside from the out, but still allowing us to see the view. Too often nowadays do we shut the blinds on our own windows. We block out the scenery and the natural light in our lives. We retreat to our artificial sources of illumination and stay hidden behind the safety of our curtain-drawn rooms. We have stopped daring to look at the view and how far it can reach. Too scared are we to open the window back up to allow fresh air to blow over us. We have all been conditioned to keep to ourselves and block out the outside world in fear of the unknown.

Some windows are still uncovered, but are dirty and foggy and hard to see out of. Individuals within society have had their glass dirtied too many times and have given up, the effort to keep their clear view clean too much stress and work. We have succumbed to conformity and normalization of the mundane. Going day to day in the same fashion, a rut forming from your constant footsteps that retrace themselves every day. We have given up, we have fallen into despair, we have lost hope. It can be a challenge to open the curtain and let the light in sometimes. The moments where you want to just stay in the dark are the moments that need the window open the most. The stuffy air needs to be replaced with the freshness of a new day. Your desk lamp needs to be unplugged and taken place by the sunlight streaming in through the open window.

It's past time to grab our rags and buckets of water to wipe away the grim and dirt we have allowed to cake our windows. It's high time to rip the curtains off the wall and open the shutters wide. Let the breeze in, feel the warmth of the sun on your face as you lean out the newly open window and take a huge breath of fresh air. A breath of new life. Life can get you down and can dirty the window. Sometimes your window might even break. But you can replace it, you can repair it, you can open your window again. It's never too late to let a little light inside. I challenge you that you open your window today, tomorrow, and every day after that.

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