There are a great many thing that I am thankful for: family, friends, home, my church family, and the gifts that the Lord has given me over the years, but it does all boil down to one overwhelming thing for which I give thanks, and that is the gift of eternal life.
I admit, Christmas is not my favorite holiday, partly because it seems so very ... sweet, I suppose. But, the reason we celebrate Christmas, the fact that the Triune God-head knew of our depravity; knew that we could never merit any good works on our own; knew that we would never be able to reconcile ourselves to a perfect God, sent Christ, fully God to become fully human as well so that we might be reconciled to God - that is why I am thankful that the Advent season follows the Thanksgiving season.
As much as it is the story of a baby in a manger, it is also about a man on a cross. As much as it is peace, love, and hapiness, it is also about a covert mission that the High King of Heaven took upon Himself to infilitrate the enemy's territory, disguised as a simple baby to grow and live and eventually take captivity captive.
I am thankful that I follow a God who chose to love me. As you consider the Advent season, remember why we celebrate Christmas.