READY... “Watch out! Be on your guard against all kinds of greed; life does not consist in an abundance of possessions.” ~ Luke 12:15 NIV
AIM… It’s the most wonderful time of the year! I LOVE the Christmas season and everything about it. It is such a fun time for children and adults alike to enjoy the spirit and excitement of the magic that surrounds this special holiday.
Traditionally, Christmas is a time for giving of gifts and sharing time with loved ones. However, for some, Christmas has become a time for making lists and checking them twice, shopping frenzies, baking and kitchen chaos, making party plans, organizing for Santa Claus and his flying reindeer, oh, and, remembering the baby Jesus’ birth. I laugh, because sadly the whole reason for celebrating Christmas is to rejoice in the birthday of the Savior of the world. Those who came to honor him brought a few modest gifts to bestow gratitude and joy for the occasion. Today, celebrating Christmas seems to be all about the gifts. Children are encouraged to write a letter to Santa with a list of things they want him to bring to them on Christmas day. We are encouraging our kids to think about what they WANT for Christmas. As a parent who loves the spirit of Santa myself, I recognize this is somewhat of a backwards thought process. We are sort of teaching our kids to be greedy; however, we have help. Advertisers have joined the greed fest. We have gone from non-stop political ads to non-stop ads for toys. Our stores are packed with all kinds of fun things for our kids and society just injects the air with the desire for more. You just can’t help but get “the greedies” at Christmas.
What you can do, however, is be aware that those desires are going to surface and make a plan to help counteract some of the effects that greed may have on your children and your family. The best suggestion I can offer in order to stay grounded during this time of year is to be generous to others. One of the most effective ways to show your family the true spirit of giving is to find a way to be generous to someone who may be less fortunate than yourselves. You can take your children to serve in a soup kitchen, have them purchase and wrap gifts for an adopted family in the community, drop your change into the Salvation Army red buckets, give supplies to the animal shelter, offer to bake cookies with a neighbor who is alone; invite him/her over for a night of games. The ways to be generous are endless. Best of all, you should ultimately make an effort to spend less money and instead spend more time together this Christmas. Let’s face it, we all have enough stuff!
You control the focus and temperature of the holiday attitude in your realm. Is it about all the gifts, or is it about loving each other and sharing your love and kindness with others? This Christmas, you decide if you want the greedies in your home or if you want to start teaching a lesson of love. I’ll leave the decision up to you.
FIRE! Take time out from the busyness of Christmas to enjoy the true gift of the season!