A Time to Say Thanks

Written by Dan Seaborn on . Posted in Local

dan seabornA few years ago many retailers started the tradition of opening their doors on Thanksgiving. Black Friday was no longer enough of a jump start on holiday profits. These stores offer such magnificent deals that even the most loyal Thanksgiving proponents consider sneaking away for a chance to buy that big screen TV at a ridiculously low price. Every year it seems a petition goes around on Facebook to stop these retailers, but so far that has not been successful.

I'm not writing this article to settle any debates, but rather my goal is to talk about the meaning of this day for you and your family. Maybe it will help you decide whether you should shop till you drop or give in to a tryptophan-induced nap on Thanksgiving Day.

I learned in school that the Pilgrims, the Mayflower, and a turkey were the beginnings of the first recorded Thanksgiving. I'm not going to dispute that, but there are historians who will argue that point. Apparently, several feasts occurred prior to the Pilgrims' blessed event where people gave thanks to God for their bounty. Many cultures back then were faithful to the tradition of stopping the busyness of life for one day to show appreciation for their abundance. Fast forward hundreds of years, and now Thanksgiving may soon compete with Black Friday as the biggest shopping day of the year! It's an indication that we are moving away from the original intent of the day.

That's why I want to stop for a moment and get down to the nitty gritty to tackle a few things related to families and the spirit of Thanksgiving. Thinking back over this year, can you remember the last time you stopped just to thank your spouse? Not with a gift, like a diamond ring or a new set of golf clubs, but with your lips. No, not kissing, but putting together word after word of the things about them for which you are most thankful. So often, we take it for granted that our spouse knows, but how could it hurt to verbally remind them. If you haven't done so, why not use a day already set aside for that purpose.

How about your children? Especially the child that drives you absolutely nuts. Have you taken time lately to think of some things you are thankful for about that child and expressed those thoughts to them? So often in family life we are guilty of thinking that our children also know how we feel about them, and that they don't need us to say it. Make sure this year that they really do know by verbally expressing it. You can either spontaneously share your thoughts with them or perhaps you need to write something down in advance. Either approach accomplishes the goal!

Every day we are bombarded with phone calls to return, texts to send, Facebook to check, tweets to post and a whole plateful of responsibilities that eats up our family time. That's all the more reason to pause at least one day each year to enjoy the company of your family and give thanks for your bounty.

Respect this day by communicating to those that matter to you what really matters—your love and care for those you love and care for! While I know you risk losing that really great TV deal, you could lose a lot more by not honoring those you love the most.
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Dan Seaborn
Dan Seaborn is the founder of Winning At Home, Inc., an organization designed to assist and encourage people of all ages and stages of family development. As a featured speaker at churches and large-scale events such as marriage conferences, corporate functions, and university assemblies, Dan Seaborn has earned recognition as a powerful and passionate communicator. Through practical illustrations and memorable real-life examples, he encourages individuals and families to lead Christ-centered homes.

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