Thanksgiving vr Christmas – The Battle Is On!


It’s Fight Night At The Holidays

Thanksgiving vs’ Christmas!

The lights go up and the announcer begins his speech: 

“In this corner we have the banquet table spread with every gut popping goody that’s ready to be devoured.  Thanksgiving can be intoxicating!  It’s utopia baby!

And in the other corner of this lit-up ring of food, lights, and wrapped packages, we have the True Bread of Life, known as CHRISTmas.  Don’t let his humble appearance fool you, He’s been known to be far larger and much more fulfilling when given the chance to shine.  He packs a powerful punch that will leave you breathless and in awe of the impact He delivers”…

I am amazed at how many Christians are complaining about people wanting to decorate early for Christmas.  Many have allowed themselves to become frustrated that others are pulling out the Christmas decorations before we’ve had time to celebrate Thanksgiving, but the ability to have a grateful heart on Thanksgiving is because of the true Spirit of CHRISTmas.  Maybe the world is so desperately needing hope right now that they are clinging to Christ, even if they’re not yet fully aware of why they’re finding peace in their decor.  Maybe we should pray for God to open all of our eyes to see Him for who He truly is – Hope in a dark world.  Should we not give thanks that God is answering the prayers so many of us have prayed?  Have we not asked God to move the hearts of the people toward Him?  What if someone wanted to keep their tree up all year-long because they’re just so in love with Jesus and want to celebrate Him for all He did for mankind?  Would it be wrong?  Would we, as Christians, find fault in them because of their radical reaction to someone who died for them yet lives to offer them true life?

We complain about those who do not want us to celebrate Christmas at all, yet this year I hear so many who claim to love Jesus complaining about those who want to get the birthday party started early.  What kind of mixed message are we sending?  Jesus, could You please step aside while we give thanks for all we have?

Could you imagine a Fight Night like this?

The announcer loses his poise:

…”It has been a fight to remember for sure, but what in the world is happening now?  It seems that Thanksgiving and Christmas have combined their efforts and the crowd is going wild!  The people are no longer hungry but are full, and now they are dancing with a joy that’s generating a light so bright that the stadium lights are not needed.  Others who have been sitting outside the stadium not wanting to attend this huge event are now coming in by the masses.  It’s like they’ve finally found what they’ve been searching for.  Their faces have softened and seem to say without words that this is exactly what they’ve been waiting their whole life for.  Thanksgiving is smiling and Christmas is passing out a gift to each new person who walks through the door.  This is truly a life changing moment!  Words cannot express what is happening.  More and more people are flooding the arena but it appears there is more than enough room for them all.  There’s more than enough food!  There’s more than enough gifts!  The more people who come in, the bigger the place gets!  Not one is being turned away who wants to enter.  There is more than enough room for all who will come!


I’m being told that the news of what’s happening here has gone global!  Have you heard?  Thanksgiving and Christmas have become allies, partners, they’re hand-in-hand in the ring of life!  This moment is not just “life changing” as much as it is life-giving.


OH WOW!  WOW!  I’ve never seen that in all my years of reporting Friday Night at the Fights!  Thanksgiving just walked up to Christmas, hugged Him, and thanked Him for all He’s done!  Never have two opponents compassionately embraced like this before – Just WOW!  This is not utopia, it’s absolute totality.”

Have You Heard?

“And the angel said unto them, Fear not: for, behold, I bring you good tidings of great joy, which shall be to all people.” (Luke 2:10)

“Christmas just came and handed me the gift He’s been giving out.  It’s joy and His name is Jesus!”

Let’s give thanks this year on Thanksgiving because Christmas came.

~Shannan Parker

2011, Keeping It Real!

Have you joined in this great celebration?

Let our decorating be an act of worship!

4 Comments

  1. 11/10/2011 at 11:50

    I.LOVE.THIS!!!

  2. Myles Holmes said,

    11/10/2011 at 11:50

    WOW! This is superb! Merry CHRISTmas and Happy Thanksgiving all year long!

  3. Clinton said,

    11/11/2011 at 11:50

    I love this Shannan, what you said about thanksgiving and christmas.

    There is some people out there that aren’t saved yet, I’m going to invite them to go and see the RedRoots gospel girls trio, they are triplets, they are 20 years old.

    We saw them this year the last week of august on a sunday nite, they were good, I think they write most of there own songs.

    They got the title RedRoots from there red hair, and the red stands for the blood of Jesus our Lord and saviour, praise the Lord.

    I plan on seeing them again December 4th at FBC Bethel Springs 143 Kackson street Bethel Springs,TN 38315 they start to sing for the Lord at 6:P.M.

    They travel all over in different states, they have been singing since they were 17 years old, there mom and dad travel with them.

    You probably love to hear them sing too Shannan, God bless you, I love this!!! what you wrote in the latest ShannanParker’s Blog, we love you, we been praying for you every day, we pray for everyone the saved christians and the unsaved ones, we pray that get saved.

    Love,

    Clinton & Loraine

  4. Vanessa said,

    11/22/2011 at 11:50

    You probably love to hear them sing too Shannan, God bless you, I love this!!! what you wrote in the latest ShannanParker’s Blog, we love you, we been praying for you every day, we pray for everyone the saved christians and the unsaved ones, we pray that get saved.
    +1


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