I asked my kids what they wanted for Christmas and Sam said, "I want people to remember Thanksgiving." I was not touched or taken aback by this at all. I'm sick of this notion (but not sick of Sam--it's a new notion to him, and I think it's cute that he "thought of" this on his "own.")
Look, I love Thanksgiving. I'm probably more into food and eating unrestrainedly than anyone else you could name. I'm also thankful for lots of things, including Thanksgiving. But I don't think it takes away from Thanksgiving to be excited about and preparing for Christmas. If you want to put up your tree today--do it. I usually don't get around to decorating until sometime in December--but I am not against it on principal. Christmas too commercial? That's the fun of it. Decorations out too early? Who cares.
Anyway, I'm making some agonizing decisions over here as I make the play list for my ward Christmas party. It's on December 11th. Mind you--still love Thanksgiving! Just planning ahead. My play list is 65 songs and I have to pare it down. Right now I'm deciding between Randy Travis' Jingle Bell Rock and The Ventures' instrumental Jingle Bell Rock. I also have to decide which Elvis Presley songs to cut--like cutting one of my own children. I also have to decide if Happy Christmas (War is Over) is too political for the ward party. I also have three versions of Merry Christmas Baby. This is too many versions of Merry Christmas Baby, I think. How much Pretenders is too much Pretenders? What will happen to me if I cut Nat King Cole entirely? What should the ratio of spiritual songs to secular songs be? Should Motab's O Holy Night end the evening or should I bring it on home with Barenaked Ladies' Auld Lang Syne? Would it be ironic or irreverent to include Weezer's O, Holy Night?
Make suggestions now, before this monster gets too long.
I have to cut this play list by half and I am not at all thankful for that. If only the ward party could last for several more hours. It would be like being in the Celestial Kingdom. I meant that both ironically and irreverently.