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Thanksgiving is in just a few days, but most of the world is already celebrating Christmas. So in order to help put the focus a little more on being thankful, I’ve come up with six randomly fun things to do with your family this Thanksgiving, that will hopefully bring a little cheer and humor this Thursday, while poking a little fun at those who have nearly skipped Thanksgiving and gone straight to Christmas, AND is sure to make this Thanksgiving memorable and unique. Got any more ideas? Please leave them in the comments!
6. Go caroling.
Learn some actual Thanksgiving songs and go to your neighbors’ houses to sing them. Here are some suggestions: 1. “Food Glorious Food” from Oliver. 2. “Count Your Blessings” from White Christmas. 3. “Thanksgiving Prayer” by Johnny Cash, 4. “Thanksgiving Song” by Mary Chapin Carpenter. 5. “My Favorite Things” from The Sound of Music. 6. “The Thanksgiving Song” by Adam Sandler. 7. “Over the River and Through the Woods” by Lydia Maria Child. 8. “We Gather Together” hymn. 9. “What a Wonderful World” by Louis Armstrong. 10. “Apples Peaches Pumpkin Pie” by Jay & the Techniques. “All Things Bright and Beautiful” hymn. 11. “Come Ye Thankful People Come” hymn.
We’ve heard the stories. Back in the middle ages, druids would wear disguises and would go house to house demanding tribute. And if the person refused, the druids would curse the family. To ward off such evil spirits, families would place lamps made from a gourd upon their porches.
Or something like that. I’m not entirely sure if I got the details right or if it’s even completely true. But that’s what we’ve all been told. We’re also told that Halloween is the single most “powerful” night for witchcraft. Maybe, maybe not.
What we do know is that all kinds of ghostly, haunting, Satanic, bloody, monster, zombie, gory, and otherwise evil things are synonymous with our celebration of Halloween.
But so is candy. And so is little kids dressing up in their favorite princess or super hero outfit.
Yet no matter how hard you look at it, everything about Halloween is of pagan origin. Right? And so many Christians have made the decision to pretend Halloween isn’t even there. If that’s your choice, then that’s your choice. I’m not here to argue against it. You have the right to reject or redeem something in the name of Christ as you choose. But if that is your choice, perhaps there are some things you need to know.
With Miley Cyrus’s recent debacle, conservatives and family values champions have taken to the blog-o-sphere to lament societies failure to our daughters and the absence of fathers in the home. And though I agree that we have indeed failed our daughters by teaching them a sexual body image is the norm and is expected of them to attract a mate, and I agree that fathers are indeed absent from being positive male influencers on their daughters, there is absolutely more to it that just that.
Dear conservatives, family values champions, blog-o-sphere elite, and society in general…we are failing our sons too.
I’ve been told that many of my blogs may come across as venting and negative, though I’ve scoured the last year of posts and only found two. Be warned, this may be such a post. But writing can be very therapeutic, and what’s a blog for anyway? It’s no secret to those who know me that I’ve been in somewhat of a slump, possibly even depression, over my writing career. I’ve spoken about this at length with my wife and with some writer friends who feel the same, but I’ve not yet put down exactly how I feel and the things running through my head here on my blog for others to see…namely fans who are wondering why my next book isn’t out yet and other writers who are quietly feeling exactly as I’ve been feeling. And once I’ve said my piece here today, I’ll speak nothing more of it.
The writing industry has changed drastically since my first book released June 1, 2011, and the industry is continuing to change. I wrote earlier this year about how the publishing industry bubble has burst, and indeed it has with the gluttonous excess of books being “published” every day. Supply and demand has devalued writing and writers to ridiculous levels. I’ve even written about what the future might look like for indie writers, if the writing industry follows such trends blazed by the music industry.
Yet while these things weigh heavy on my mind, they don’t tell the whole story.