It’s the day after Halloween and my morning radio alarm woke me to the song “We Need A Little Christmas”. I quickly pushed the snooze button, sure it was some weird dream. The next alarm startled me with children belting out “Rudolph the Red Nosed Reindeer”. I groaned and hit Snooze again. The third alarm brought me Johnny Mathis crooning “O Holy Night”… Oh, noooo!! ‘Can’t we just celebrate one holiday at a time please?’ Whatever happened to Thanksgiving?!
I raised this complaint on my Facebook page and one friend responded “Well, what do you expect the radio to play? Can you even name a Thanksgiving song?”
Other than the hymn “Prayer of Thanksgiving” I couldn’t come up with any “Thanksgiving” songs off the top of my head. Certainly no ‘popular’ ones, anyway. What a shame.
[OK, all you musicians and composers out there! It’s time to fill a niche! Step up! Answer the challenge! Give us Thanksgiving Songs!]
Don’t get me wrong, I LOVE CHRISTMAS! My blog is filled with Christmas Posts, Photos, Crafts, Recipes and of course lots and lots of Christmas Music. It’s one of my favorite topics … But, why give short shrift to our special Season of Thanks? To me, Thanksgiving is not just about the feasting and the football. Thanksgiving is about family, worshiping God, sharing prayer and praise. It’s about gathering together. It’s about formally remembering all of the good in our lives, and even the not-so-good, recognizing what makes us grow, and simply being grateful.
“That I may publish with the voice of thanksgiving, and tell of all thy wondrous works.” – Psalms 26:7
So, I’ve decided to turn off my radio for the next 27 days and seek out Songs of Thanksgiving. I’m determined to find some.
What song would you put on your “Thanksgiving Playlist”?
Happy Thanksgiving Season everyone! Thank you for your friendship! – MoSop
THANK YOU by Brianna Haynes