For many, December is a month to celebrate our Lord and His sacrifice for all mankind. Christmas decorations begin to hit department store shelves on Nov. 1 to kick-off the holiday season. When people see the signs that Christmas is near, most climb up to their attics and drag out the lawn decorations and unravel last year’s Christmas lights in hopes that they still blink.

What some people do not know, is that the early start to Christmas rings true to what the month of November and Thanksgiving truly represents. On Oct. 3, 1863, President Abraham Lincoln proclaimed, by Act of Congress, an annual National Day of Thanksgiving on the last Thursday of November, as a day of thanksgiving and praise to God.

From ancient times, the Native Americans have held ceremonies to give thanks for successful harvests, for the hope of a bountiful growing season in the early spring, and for other good fortune such as the birth of a child.

Giving thanks was, and still is, the primary reason for every season. If you are caught up in the hustle and bustle of everyday living, take a minute to stop and ponder on what you are thankful for this year. Surely, it will put a smile on your face and joy in your heart.

Here are a few happenings in the community this November:

Little League ceremony

The St. Helena Little League invites the community to what promises to be “An Evening of Excellence.”

The league will host its annual awards ceremony Nov. 22 at the St. Helena High School Auditorium. Players, cheerleaders and coaches will be recognized for their participation during the 2014 football season.

Lazard Temple Revival

Lazard Temple Church of God in Christ is holding a church revival at 7 p.m. Nov. 18-21. The Revivalists for the event will be Elder Leroy Johnson and Elder Milton Bryant, of Lazard Temple. The church is at 15750 La. 43, Greensburg.

Jackson family celebration

The Solid Rock Apostolic Ministries International Church Family invites the community to fellowship with them at 11 a.m. Nov. 30 for the Jackson Family Celebration. The speaker will be Apostle Lance Beloney, of Katy, Texas.

The church is at 287 La. 10, Greensburg.

Contact Stephanie Warren by phone at (985) 517-4869 or email swarren@theadvocate.com.