In my 35 years of living on this planet, I’ve never witnessed such an upheaval relating to all things Christmas. It seems like the last straw was Black Friday getting bumped up to Thursday.
So, of course, we do what we Americans do best: swing to one side of the pendulum and point fingers (and tweets, and blogs) to those on the other side.
And you know what? I’ll bet you’ll still have quite a few ungrateful children going through their advent calendar knowing the truth about Santa. Those shredding open present after present on December 25th aren’t the only ones who fall prey here. Why? Because the heart of gratefulness isn’t created in a day. Likewise, it isn’t lost in a day. Or even a season.
Being grateful is an attitude that requires cultivation and lots of it. And while this is a great thought for a parent in teaching their children, this message is targeted at adults. We ought to know better than to fight over a coveted, mark-down television. But shouldn’t we also know better than to think that throwing out all traditions of our culture fixes everything? Our behavior is simply the fruit of our heart.
So let us begin there. Let us dig deep into the soil of our souls and pull the weeds of discontent. Let us plant the seeds of thankfulness and allow them to be nourished by “every good and perfect gift.” And let us be generous with all that grows.