I absolutely love Thanksgiving – possibly more than Christmas – because it’s simple and it hasn’t been overcommercialized in the same ways the Hallmark industry has taken over Christmas and Easter. It’s just a lovely meal together with family and friends, and sleeping is a encouraged part of the ritual. In continuing to think about tradition – probably because of babies on the brain and wondering what we’ll have in place to pass on to them – I have enjoyed the Thanksgiving Eve services College Hill and Pilgrim do together. We infuse a little irony since we gather together as one community the night before the big Turkey Day game between the high schools (something that has been going on for more than 100 years, in fact, I think it’s the oldest high school rivalry).
I’ve never been to or done Thanksgiving Eve services before coming to College Hill, but I am starting love this tradition. I can’t think of a better way to give thanks to God then being in worship with others. This is something I’d like to always have in my life.