What About Thanksgiving?

I've been running the Boise Christmas Lights Map project for four years now, and each year it seems the project gets larger. Since it keeps getting larger, I tend to start the project earlier each year. But I always worry about starting the project too soon. You see, I'm one of those people who worries that Thanksgiving sometimes gets swallowed up by Christmas. And I sometimes lament how Black Friday has turned into Black Thursday.

But if I'm here to run a Facebook page that is literally called "Boise Christmas Lights", how do I get started on content without mentioning Christmas? It's difficult to balance. The fact of the matter is that posting Christmas content before Thanksgiving has passed will always irk some people. And if you're one of those people, I definitely sympathize with you, and I don't blame you one bit!

So I want to take the opportunity this Thanksgiving season to let you know that such an important holiday is not forgotten by us. I want to take some time to, ya know, give thanks. This year has been quite the roller coaster for me, with many highs and lows. But don't worry, I'm not going to sit here and unload all my dirty laundry for a bunch of blog readers. But I do want to just quickly express what I'm thankful for, on a personal level.

I am thankful for my family. They've been my rock and source for happiness. My mother and step-dad have been such a great support. My oldest of two sisters just had a baby, which makes me quite the proud proud uncle! My youngest of two sisters, Gracie, does a fantastic job of helping out with the BCL project. And my little brother has grown into quite the young, hard-working man.

I am thankful for my friends and coworkers. Having such great friends and coworkers makes all the difference when I have stressful days on the job! And my team at work is a bunch of rockstars. I don't even know if they follow the BCL page or this blog, so I'm not just kissing butt. They're awesome!

I am thankful for God and His Son, Jesus Christ. I simply cannot talk about what I'm thankful for without giving thanks to a loving Heavenly Father who loves me, even though I falter and mess up on a pretty regular basis. Both God and His Son, Jesus Christ, are two of the greatest things I am personally thankful for.

I am thankful for all the support from you, the Boise Christmas Lights community. Seeing how big this project has gotten has absolutely floored me. This wasn't the brainchild of local broadcast media, even though some of the media has picked up on the project (which I am also very thankful for!). This was a random little project I started, and it has grown organically. I have never paid for a sponsored Facebook post. I don't buy fake followers. All the Likes and follows are from real people in our community, and they have shared the page and map over and over again. It's a second job during the Christmas season, and I love it!

I am thankful for all those who put up Christmas Lights. Back in high school, I got to install Christmas lights on a one-story house across the street. But just once. I think I did a pretty good job! But hanging a string of lights on a rain gutter is peanuts compared to what some of these light show creators do! And they're the whole reason this project exists. They're the ones who spend months of prep work into making their light shows and displays possible. They're the ones who sink who knows how much money into their electric bill (I wonder if they use level pay?). They're the ones who deserve the thanks! So, I thank each and every one of you folks who puts up Christmas light shows and awesome displays for the community to see. You da real MVP.

Now, let's enjoy some time off work and time with our friends and families. Carve that turkey. Slice that ham. Give yourself some extra gravy, you deserve it. And eat ALL the stuffing, because everyone knows that's the best part. 😉

And above all, remember what you are thankful for in your life. 💛

Happy Thanksgiving 🦃
From William @BCL

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