Thanksgiving- the holiday that after Halloween every convenience store skips over because hey, Santa is cool and so is Rudolf and all those presents. Let’s skip those boring pilgrims, we can say thanks fast at Christmas after gift opening, and there’s a turkey at that dinner anyway. But Black Friday, that’s important right?
Thanksgiving is possibly the most underrated holiday and quite honestly, one of the most important. Thanksgiving isn’t about the lush decorations and music, it isn’t in your face, but it is THERE. And it rocks! Thanksgiving is all about putting aside any differences, as the pilgrims and indians did, with any family or friends and remembering the important people. All of your blessings that you have, acknowledging where they come from, and more LOVE than a $19.99 gift that you got fast at Black Friday is going to show.
Pres. Thomas S. Monson said in April of 1992 in his talk An Attitude of Gratitude “…let us reflect gratitude for our Lord and Savior, Jesus Christ. His glorious gospel provides answers to life’s greatest questions… Let us follow Him. Let us emulate His example. Let us obey His word. By so doing, we give to Him the divine gift of gratitude. My sincere prayer is that we may, in our individual lives, reflect that marvelous virtue: an attitude of gratitude.”
Let us not forget this amazing opportunity we have to set aside an entire day to express to our mothers, fathers, sisters and brothers, friends and extended family, just how grateful we are for everything they have done which we may have neglected to do in the past. Let’s take time this Thanksgiving to thank God and Christ for their sacrifices and eternal love. Let’s be grateful for the restored gospel and that we live in a country that allows us religious freedom (though not necessarily backlash) to worship how we may. Let us be grateful for any and all freedoms we possess and for temples and church buildings and missionaries and saving ordinances and the priesthood and, am I making myself clear?
Instead of blasting “Have a Holly Jolly Christmas” on the radio and staking out at Best Buy at 5 o’clock Thursday night, let’s take away all the glitz and glam December is going to force upon us and take time to love and be thankful. To go back to the simple basics and remember that Thanksgiving. Freaking. Rocks.
McKayla with www.theperfectwhitedress.com