Did you check off the box? Halloween is over and done with, a few crazy people are singing Christmas carols in the corner, and we move on to the next holiday: Thanksgiving!
What do you associate with Thanksgiving? Do you love it or loathe it?
I associate it with the parade, football, lots of food (feed me all the bread!), family time, board games, and warmth. In the last couple of years, we have been increasingly intentional about discussing what we are thankful for, and thanking God for all He has done for us. It’s a time to remember the Lord and His provision, not just a day to gorge ourselves. I have always loved Thanksgiving!
The holidays are a time of abundance. Craft shows, sweets, family time, sports, vendor events… you name it, there’s a lot of it! It can be difficult to maintain our sanity in the every-busy American culture we currently live in.
In order to avoid ripping your hair out, I suggest prioritizing and planning ahead of time. What are your must-dos? What are the nice-to-dos? What are the overrated-and-not-to-dos? Talk about it as a family, maybe each person can choose an activity that is included on the must-do list, so that each family member feels heard and valued.
So, all that to say, what should we NOT do? What’s that thing on your DON’T list?
Doing all the things. Running around like a chicken with your head cut off, snapping orders at everyone in sight. Blowing your budget on Black Friday. Baking every tasty treat under the sun. Committing to way more activities than you have time for and leaving yourself without margin.
Thanksgiving can be stressful, but it can be good stress instead of bad stress if you plan accordingly (and pray often 😉). What’s one thing on your must-do list?