Scrooge Until Thanksgiving

Halloween just recently ended…you know what that means: Christmas decorations up. Christmas music blaring….NO!

You’re right. I said it. Some call me a scrooge, but I prefer to be known as a “Scrooge until Thanksgiving.” And this is the reason why: I LOVE Thanksgiving. It is my favorite holiday by far. You get a break from school. You get to spend time with family, eat, and then after that, there is literally no agenda (at least not in my house). No going to the other room to open presents, not having to do some ritual, just eating and relaxing. Just writing about it makes me feel of bubbles of contentment.

So, If you can’t tell, I love Thanksgiving. Therefore, it upsets me, that my favorite holiday gets buried under the excitement of Christmas. I love Christmas too, but not before Thanksgiving. It constantly just gets forgotten due to pre-mature (in my opinion) Christmas.


Therefore, here are my suggestions to get in the Thanksgiving Spirit:

1). Listen to this song. Constantly. It is golden.

2). Decorate your room with Thanksgiving stuff, like turkey cut-outs or Autumn colored streamers. Get in the Thanksgiving Spirit!

3). Before Thanksgiving, at least once a day, write down something you are thankful for, and then stick it in a jar. For example: I am thankful for the beautiful blessings and opportunities that I have been able to find at Hope College. OR I am thankful that my roommate’s farts don’t smell…most of the time. Anything works! When Thanksgiving hits, read all the things that you wrote you were thankful for.

4). Lastly, once a week leading up to Thanksgiving, tell someone important in your life that you are thankful for them, either in person or by writing them a letter/note. It will really mean a lot to them and help them get in the spirit of gratitude as well.

Thanksgiving is a beautiful holiday people. Let us celebrate!

Published by John Luke Hawkins

My name is John Luke Hawkins and I am a sophomore at Hope. I am from the small agriculture town of Tipton, Indiana. I love my new Home sweet Hope. Currently, I double majoring in Communications and Religion. When I am not doing homework (too often), I might be working one of my jobs as a Library Worker, Overnight Host, or Student Blogger. If I am not doing homework or work, I am probably doing something with my numerous organizations that I am involved in such as Dance Marathon, Gospel Choir, Intramurals, Nykerk, and a small group. If I come up with free time amongst all that, then I like to run, free dance, self-reflect, go on adventures, and spend time with friends. Hope College has really helped me discover who I am. Here it is in seven words: energetic, organized, contemplative, determined, silly, social, and intentional.

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