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Holiday Switcheroo


The Life Less Traveled


November 14, 2012
Well, here we are again, the third week of November, and all we see is Christmas, Christmas, Christmas.

It's the same old story. The moment the Halloween masks disappear off of the store shelves, they're replaced by Christmas trees and wrapping paper. Ironically, Thanksgiving gets nothing but leftovers. This poor holiday doesn't even have its own songs and movies. Thanksgiving is nothing more than a speed bump on the way to Santa and "Silent Night."

Don't get me wrong. I love Christmas, but if Thanksgiving were a pet, we'd all get turned in for neglect.

So, I say it's time to change all that. I say it's time to pull a little Robin Hood action and take from the rich and give to the poor. I say it's time for the redistribution of some major holiday wealth. I'm proposing that we simply take a few songs and movies from Christmas and give them to Thanksgiving. It's not like Christmas will miss them. It has plenty.

Here's what it would look like. Instead of "Deck the Halls," we'll sing "Deck the Fall." "The Little Drummer Boy" will become "The Little Drumstick Boy." And, of course, "O Christmas Tree" will become "O Cranberry."

See what I mean? It's easy!

The movies would be even better. Who wouldn't want to watch these beloved holiday classics? First up is "A Thanksgiving Carol," the story of a grumpy vegetarian who is visited by three ghostly pilgrims and encouraged to eat poultry. After that, we'd have "Frosty, the Canned Yam," a wonderful cartoon about a lovable yam who comes to life when topped with magic marshmallows. Finally, you won't want to miss "It's a Wonderful Wife," a movie about an angel who visits Paula Dean's husband and shows him how lame his Thanksgiving dinner would be if he had married another woman.

Hopefully, by now you can see how my fair-and-balanced approach to holiday media would give Thanksgiving the attention it truly deserves. But if none of this comes to pass, I guess that's OK, too, because you don't need movies and songs to be truly thankful to God for all He's given you. In fact, you don't even need a holiday. Just a simple prayer to give credit to the One who provides for us all.

The best thing about Thanksgiving is that it's an anytime, anywhere kind of thing. In fact, you can even start today. Thanksgiving is always just one prayer away.

Jason Byerly, a 1990 graduate of Crawford County Junior-Senior High School, is the children's pastor at Southland Christian Church near Lexington, Ky. He and his wife have two daughters. For more, visit www.jasonbyerly.com or follow him at www.twitter.com/jasondbyerly.

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