After the Halloween excitement dies away, and the last leaves are painted orange and brown, we enter the season of Thanks. As winter draws ever near—Christmas, too—we begin to finally think of how ungrateful we’ve been all year long. At least, I do. Christmas and giving tie their knots way back, but as Thanksgiving approaches we are reminded that giving is only a piece of this shivering holiday season.
My mother taught me to thank God everyday for what He has given us. We don’t thank Him for our possessions only, but, most importantly, we should thank Him for our family and friends, a job and a car if we have them, a home, food, water, love… The list of blessings He provides us with is endless.
Today I got rid of mounds of clothes that have been cluttering up my closet. I’m not exaggerating when I say I couldn’t fit another hanger in there. It was a monster—I didn’t stop for hours! When I found that some of my winter coats didn’t fit anymore, I looked up how to donate them. I remember a year or two ago when a charity was hosting a coat donation drive called One Warm Coat. (You can click there to find their website and a donation center near you!) Tomorrow I will be off to several donation centers to drop off my gigantic trash bags filled with clothes I no longer wear.
Giving is another part of this special time of the year that just makes my heart flutter with delight! Gift shopping is my favorite—choosing a store and finding creative gifts for family and friends, even roommates and co-workers. Seeing the gratitude in someone’s eyes when you hand them a gift, picked out especially for them, brings the most fulfilling feeling in the world. (Say that five times fast.)
I realized today how thankful I am to have a full closet, even after giving away so many. I have all kinds of supplies for my baking and crafting hobbies, video game consoles to entertain me, and enough underwear to last me a few weeks without putting them in the wash! #TMI But really. My family and I have a home to live in and food to fill our bellies, air conditioning and heating systems, and running water and electricity. How much more can I ask for? (Other than a job.)
I want to challenge you to come up with a list of things you are thankful for, whether or not you choose to thank God for them. Search your mind, search your heart; there are little things that become so important to us, and we don’t know they are so important until they leave us. Do you have any out-of-the-box things to be thankful for? Are you a gift-giver, too? How does giving make you feel? What do you think of this season of Thanks and Giving?
P.S. Thank you, Reader, for stopping by and hanging out for a while. 🙂