In fact, I even told Joey that maybe I should cancel our Christmas card order and reorder with that headline. "Merry FREAKIN' Christmas!" Doesn't it seem like that sometimes? I mean, all the pretty lights on the tree, the stockings hanging on the bar, the garland over the TV, but none of the Christmas spirit was seeping into my sweet children.
I know it happens to all of us, and believe it or not, most of the time, the kids are walking around the house singing Christmas carols (this morning, it was "Frosty the Snowman"), but this year, I'm determined to make things just a little different.
This year, I'm determined to help my family remember exactly why we celebrate Christmas. It's not about the gifts, the lights, and the parties. It's about the birth of our Savior. That is why we celebrate. Sure, the gifts are fun and I love the lights, but that's not what Christmas is about.
This year, I'm also determined not to spend so much money on needless gifts for people who already have more than they could ever want or need. When Joey and I finished up our shopping on Saturday evening and I realized that everyone's gift had been purchased and we'd spent less than $200, I can't tell you the satisfaction I felt. (Ok, that doesn't include mine & Joey's gift exchange, but other than that, it does include the kids and close to 10 other people! YAY!) I'm not doing this simply for the sake of being cheap, but rather so we can focus less on us and more on others who have less.
Our church has been teaching the Advent Conspiracy for the last month or so. I can't tell you how hard this has hit me. The core of the "conspiracy" is to get back to the true meaning of Christmas (Love Jesus) by focusing less on the material things during the season (Spend Less) so you have more to give away to those in need (Give More). This seriously touches a deep place in my heart and I'm determined to make a difference. I don't want to get to the end of my life and look back only to realize that the world is no different than it was the day I was born. I want to leave a mark.
Want to join me? Love Jesus. Spend Less. Give More.