We've been working on Christmas music for a couple of months now, and I can't wait for the season to begin! However, I've been thinking a lot about Thanksgiving this year. For some reason, it's always the holiday that gets overlooked. The radio stations begin playing Christmas music right after Halloween, the hustle and bustle begins in the stores as they set out their red and green decorations with twinkling lights, and families start planning their holiday parties.
With all the excitement for Christmas, it's easy to forget about Thanksgiving. Of course, it's a holiday that comes every year. For me, the experience goes something like this: my family gets together, eats a lot of food, and briefly talks about the things everyone is grateful for. But I want it to be more meaningful. So here's the conclusion I've come to as I've thought about this the past few days.
Thanksgiving is a time to reflect on all we've been blessed with. As a country, a family, an individual, we've all been so abundantly blessed. The biggest of all my blessings is, of course, the gospel of Jesus Christ. It is through recognizing and remembering my blessings on Thanksgiving that I start my holiday season with gratitude. The season then becomes one of giving as I desire to share my infinite blessings with those I love and with those who are less fortunate.
There is no better way to start the holiday season. If I fully recognize my blessings, I will take the focus of the holidays off of myself and instead place it where it should be: on the Savior.
I hope that we will be the representatives of Christ this Thanksgiving and through the holiday season that we should be all year long. We want to testify of His birth, His divine mission, and His gift to us--the greatest gift we could ever receive--of His atonement. Through His sacrifice we can be with Him and the ones we love forever.
For that, I am eternally grateful. And that gratitude is what encourages us as a group to be a little better, to love a little more...and to sing a little louder.
What are you grateful for?