One morning, after a really bad night, Ebenezer Scrooge said, “I will honor Christmas in my heart and try to keep it all the year through.”
That means that while hunting Easter eggs, popping firecrackers, trick or treating, or yes, even during Thanksgiving dinner, he would experience the joy, love, and wonder that is Christmas.
He would look at the cross at sunrise on Easter morning and think, “yes, this is what it’s all about.” He would celebrate the birth of our country knowing that God alone gives us real freedom. He would enjoy the happiness and excitement of the children on All Hallow’s Eve, remembering the saints who have gone before us.
I doubt he would be so determined to celebrate Thanksgiving Day before having anything to do with Christmas that he would stomp into the holiday season with a chip on his shoulder.
He might love it that the merchants in town began early in the season to remind us to prepare for the coming of the Christ Child.
Keeping Christmas all year long. That is really a good idea.