Christmas seems to cause even us "frugal" people to be challenged!
I saw this video over at Valley Girl. God has already been leading me to think of ways that we can reach out to others right now. Our culture has made Christmas in to one CRAZY time. All the frenzy, all the money, all the expectations don't bring real satisfaction. Only Jesus can fill up the need for unconditional love that we all have in our hearts. This Christmas I challenge you to reach beyond the normal frenzy and give in ways that can make a REAL difference for someone.
There are all kinds of wonderful Christian organizations that are working to spread the gospel as well as make practical life changes with people that desperately need our help. We enjoy participating in Samaritan's purse. Each of our 4 children fills a shoe box for another kid of their same age/gender. It helps our kiddos focus on making Christmas for a child that won't get a gift otherwise. Storing up Treasures in Heaven!
Choosing Simplicity in Christmas is possible. As Flylady says, give the gift of experiences, not more clutter. One way to understand how little Christmas gifts mean in the long run is to sit down as a family and ask your family to share some of their best memories from last Christmas........THEN ask everyone to tell you what they got (and from whom) last Christmas.... This is an eye opening experience. Somehow the gifts loose significance over time, but the relationships the experiences are not forgotten.
Check out the video...! It makes a great case for less!
Have you been feeling the pull to simplify Christmas? What has been on your heart?
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Have a BLESSED day, BE a BLESSING!