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Thanksgiving break and thoughts

November 25, 2008, 8:38 am

thanksgivingI’ll be taking a hiatus from blogging from today through Sunday as the Casting Out Nines crew travels to Tennessee to visit the grandparents for Thanksgiving. We normally make our long road trip  to the Volunteer State at Christmas, but this year that’s way too close to Harrison’s arrival to be traveling.

I love Thanksgiving because it’s the holiday that Christmas really should be — a time to relax, enjoy family and food and down time, and be thankful for all the ways you have been blessed in your life. I am pleased to say that I have much to think about in that respect: my wife, my two girls, my son on the way in a few weeks, steady employment in these tough economic times, and simply the ability to think and reflect and write like this. I think our culture would be a lot better off if we could discipline ourselves to be thankful. And our haste to skip right over Thanksgiving and go straight into Christmas, giving ourselves over to the ruthless consumerism that Christmas has come to represent, is a symptom of how sick our culture is and how badly we need Thanksgiving.

So I hope you take the chance to slow down, put away the blogging and blog-reading for a couple of days, and do the same. And in case I forget later, I’m thankful for all of you who take time out of your day to click in, read, and comment on this blog.

See you next week!

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