Michigan in the Fall {photo by joeyblsphotography}
Michigan in the Fall {photo by joeyblsphotography}

“As we express our gratitude, we must never forget that the highest appreciation
is not to utter words, but to live by them.”  ~John Fitzgerald Kennedy

I have always been the one who marches to the beat of a different drummer, figuratively and literally. When I was a tween, I asked my father if I could have a drum set. He bought me a guitar. After listening to me attempt to play the guitar, he bought me a drum set. My aspiration to be an awesome girl drummer died though, like so many hopes and dreams, when he did. I have never been so aware of how death affects a person, especially the young, than when, as a woman, I have looked back on my own life. And, now, when our nation inhales the fifty years since the death of President Kennedy, as it exhales it profoundly exhibits how deeply death cuts and alters us.

And yet. And yet there is a significance somehow in the link between the end of what will always be referred to as the presidential kingdom of Camelot and our nation’s holiday of Thanksgiving.

“Then He sat on the throne and said, “Behold, I make all things new.” And He said to me, “Write, for these Words are true and faithful.” Revelations 21:5

He can take broken hearts {even those of an entire nation}, homes, and dreams and make them new.

Photo by Brian Menz
Photo by Brian Menz

“Rejoice always. Pray continually. Give thanks in all circumstances. For this is the will of God in Christ Jesus for you.” ~ 1 Thessalonians 5:16:18

Whether as a nation, a family, or an individual, we all experience times of trouble and disappointment. In the end, what matters isn’t how much, or what, we’ve endured, as much as how we’ve chosen to get through and get past the situation, the circumstance, or the issue and keep our relationships {or patriotism} in tact today and moving forward towards a better tomorrow.

Photo by Mira Images.
Photo by Mira Images.

It’s easy to dismiss the onslaught of holiday displays and sales as greedy businesses working to commercialize our celebrations. My drum, however, has never beat to that way of thinking. Life is hard. People, I believe, just can’t wait to start thinking good thoughts and raising hopes — and it’s been evident more and more as our global communities get closer and our technology gets broader that we are moved visually more now than ever.

Fall table 2

The months, it seems, speed by so fast that I, at least, truly do not mind seeing a mix of various holiday decor in stores, or holiday merchandise advertised early. Holiday music? Bring it on. Gives me more time to enjoy it all, I say. It really is a matter of perspective, isn’t it?

Come September, I look forward to celebrating Hallowthanistmas –> and it’s all good. Forget survival of the fittest — it’s survival of the most adaptable at this time of year. After all, why should I be overly concerned with how the holiday fare overlaps in stores when, in all honesty, my home often resembles the same by mid-November? When businesses and advertisers stop observing holidays {holy-days} all together, then I’ll raise a ruckus.

Until then, the only one who can take the fun out of my Halloween, or Gratitude out of my Thanksgiving, or possibly take Christ out of my Christmas is me — just me {each one of us as individuals} –> not mass media; not atheists.

Wouldn’t it be better if we all believed that…

Fall Jesus is the Reason for all seasons

and, like J.F. Kennedy expressed, live accordingly?


  1. What a great way to look at it! I say bring it on too! I love celebrating and if we get to celebrate Christmas a little more by starting early then I am all for that. I think the more light brought to a dark world the better. You wrote a great blog post and your writing is so beautiful. Keep flying high sister.
    Blessings to you

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