Thanksgiving falls on November 28th this year, which is the latest it can possibly be, since it is always celebrated on the fourth Thursday of the month. This might seem like a bit of useless trivia, but the truth is that it has important repercussions. For one thing, it means that the Advent Workshop, which usually takes place on the night of the first Sunday after Thanksgiving and prior to Advent, had to be moved to a Saturday night. That’s because there are no Sundays between Thanksgiving and the start of Advent in 2019. Furthermore, the lateness of Thanksgiving coupled with Christmas being a fixed date on the calendar, results in less days between Thanksgiving and Christmas this year. If the significance of that hasn’t registered yet, let me remind you that it also means that there will be the minimum possible days between Black Friday and Christmas. Which is good news to neither retailers nor Christmas shopping procrastinators. So, consider yourselves forewarned and plan accordingly.
On the bright side, 2019 will give us the bonus of at least one more day for focusing on being thankful than what we get most other years. So why not take advantage of the opportunity we have been given. Celebrate a pre-Thanksgiving Day, day of giving thanks! Get your gratitude on before all the distractions of food and football that accompany the actual holiday get in the way. Consider this: if we can use this anomaly of the calendar to successfully borrow twenty-four hours from the busiest, most hectic gift buying season of the year to devote ourselves to being thankful for the gifts we have received from God, it might be the beginning of a habit to carry on every other day of the year. Mindfully pausing to give thanks need not be left to something we are reminded to do by the annual arrival of an official holiday. Feeling grateful and expressing thanksgiving can easily become a daily spiritual practice all year round.
Grace and Peace,