Seems like the minute the 'amen' is out of our mouths giving thanks on Thanksgiving, Christmas takes over. Heaven forbid we remain in thankfulness too long! After-all we are Americans - we basically have what we have because we work so hard and we deserve it!
That's how I act sometimes.
I tried to remember as I celebrated that God is the only reason I have anything...even life itself, therefore remaining in my thanksgiving just a little longer.
Even though for the first time ever we didn't have our kids with us - we invited others to join us for Thanksgiving and focused on catching up, telling stories and laughing a whole lot (my favorite thing in the world). Thanksgiving night ended watching a movie in Ashland at my parents home, with a make-shift 'sheet screen' and huge sound system broadcasting Cars II. Laughter again and then goodnight.
....ok, so not goodnight, as Michelle and I stood in line at Target at 11:30 p.m. and finally home at 8:00 a.m. - but we were still thankful that we found all of the Christmas 'must haves' on our list, and so Christmas began.