Although most people are probably halfway done with their Christmas shopping by now,
In fact, I'm stuck in reverse.
After spending two days preparing for Thanksgiving and another two days
One of my favorite columns is Glimpses Into the Past:
100 Years Ago
Thursday, November 24, 1910
from the Mathews Journal
"Editorial: In olden days our puritan forefathers were wont to regard Thanksgiving as almost a holy day. They rested and feasted and returned humble and sincere thanks to God for his manifold blessings.
We wonder if in this Twentieth Century, when progress is the motto; when accumulation of wealth is the only ambition; and when mechanisms and machinery, invented by the genius of man, have supplanted the old time methods of doing things, we appreciate and are sufficiently thankful for the many advantages and multiple blessings we enjoy.
It would seem that even in this age of turmoil the people could spare one day to return thanks as did their forebears in simple and earnest fashion. Then Thanksgiving Day would be more than a mere holiday and the people would have, in a slight degree only, discharged the debt they owe to the Allwise Creative Power that has guarded their foot steps safely through the years and rendered it possible for them to enjoy the privileges of this enlightened age."
The references to the "mechanisms and machinery invented by the genius of man" make me wonder what the author might say to all the i-have-this and the you-tube-that.
He'd probably say, along with my son, "Chesapeake Bay Woman, get with the program. Can you give us one good reason why you don't have an i-anything yet?"
Speaking for CBW, she'd say, "
Speaking of the clash between past and present--and we may have been, however briefly---this weekend I spent a lot of time
One night, I forced them to watch the Wizard of Oz, after it dawned on me that they hadn't seen a non-3-D or computer-animated movie
Whether they were paying close attention or not, they absorbed the most important parts of the lesson I was trying to teach which
- It's important to slow down.
- Focus on what you have, not what you don't have.
- Savor the small things.
- Appreciate the past.
- Marvel at the ingenuity and creativity of others.
- Revel in the present without worrying so much about the fact that it's less than a month until Christmas and you've done absolutely, positively nothing except boil the carcass of your Thanksgiving turkey to make soup, which as we know has nothing to do with preparing for Christmas and everything to do with merely preparing last night's dinner.
- Make a note to call an electrician so you can put up your artificial tree, since all the electrical sockets in the family room--except, thankfully, the one hooked up to the TV where you force your children to watch movies from the year 1939--are not working, and in order to have a properly functioning Christmas tree one theoretically needs a properly functioning electrical source for the lights.
- And one wonders why one doesn't have an i-anything, when one can barely get electricity/current to her house.
p.s. Have a great week, and thanks for letting me