This is Mr. G.
Mr. G loves holidays because they involve his some of his favorite things: sugared sweets, presents and decorations.
The other day Mr. G asked me where I put the Christmas Book.
The Christmas Book?
Ah yes... the sole toy catalog that did not get buried in the depths of the recycling bin.
Mr. G and his two brothers discovered it and had begun circling every item not marketed to girls or babies. As you can see, there are many circles.
They initial their circles so Santa gives gifts accurately.
Mr. G puts Mr. T's initial beside his to increase the odds of his choice toys appearing beneath the tree Christmas morning.
I explained to Mr. G that the toy catalog is not a Christmas book. "Christmas isn't about presents, buddy. It's Jesus's birthday. It's not about getting things and toys and stuff. It's about giving and what God gave to us."
He nodded solemnly and rephrased his request. "Where did you put the toy book, Mom?"
Then last night we drove through town and Mr. G noticed the Christmas decorations lit up along the street. A little voice piped up from the back seat of the Momvan. "Why do people not like Thanksgiving, Mom?"
That moment my faith in Mr. G was restored. A powerful observation indeed. It's not that people don't like Thanksgiving, son. It's that people don't make money off a holiday that isn't about buying and selling stuff. Thanksgiving is just about being thankful, not a lot of capital gain in that, is there? Not much to be earned when we merely sit around enjoying one another's company and counting our blessings. Thanksgiving is a holiday of contentment. And it's our next holiday on the calendar. We should give it the time and attention it deserves.