Today is November 29th and we are putting up the Christmas tree. Ironically my son is having more fun with the box that the tree came in than he is “helping” put up the tree. So I guess it is officially Christmas. Sigh.
Don’t get me wrong I love Christmas, I just hate the commercialism of Christmas. We have most of our Christmas shopping done for our son, mainly because of the foresight of my wife to realize she will be in the hospital in just ten days giving birth to our second child, and she didn’t want the hassle of last minute gift buying. For the rest of those on our list, we have yet to buy anything. Honestly the problem I have buying Christmas gifts is not the actual spending of the money, but it is picking out the gift that will not be thrown into the corner and forgotten about 30 seconds after its opened. I also despise the fact that stores around here have been promoting Christmas since the end of September. I also am sickened at the amount of money spent on Christmas last year; 450 billion dollars. So this year we will do something different and I encourage you to do the same.
This year consider helping out a charity that supports something that you believe in or give to mission organizations to help spread the gospel of Jesus Christ. Give the gift that will give eternally, and share Jesus with those you come in contact with. Set the example for your children by teaching them it is better to give than to receive. Most of all celebrate the birth of our Saviour this Holiday Season. Merry Christmas!