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Tuesday, December 17, 2013

Caught up in the Christmas Craziness? Take a breath…

Eek…is it really only just over a week until Christmas?! 

Who is incredibly behind on their holiday preparations, shopping, etc?   (ahem, insert me sheepishly raising my hand here)

Winking smile

Of course, it’s not about gifts, or spending money, or copying the wildest thing you saw on Pinterest…I’m not keen on commercial holidays or going into debt to give people stuff.

But giving of ourselves is a good thing.

I’ve seen people say that they are “not doing Christmas” this year.  They’re not giving physical gifts because they don’t have money.

I understand where they are coming from.  It is hard just to provide the things that are needed.  But I think saying we’re “not doing Christmas” or even we’re “not giving gifts” sends the wrong message.

give time-001We can always give the gift of Time and Personal Attention.  We can always step back and take a closer look at how we are interacting with people.  We can always give something, even if it isn’t some thing.

Time is a precious gift.  It’s something that’s uncertain---we don’t know how much of it we have.

Turning off the TV or powering down the tablet and having a conversation, playing a game, looking at old pictures and telling stories about them…making memories. 


When we celebrate Christmas, we celebrate the new hope of the coming of our Savior. 

We celebrate His life. 

We celebrate his ministry here on earth. 

We look forward to His ultimate sacrifice for us and His resurrection.

It’s not about stuff, yes.  But it very definitely is about giving.  Just as Mary gave of herself.  Just as Joseph gave of himself. 

All in fulfillment of a promise.  All in being a part of the Lord’s plan.

If you think you can’t afford to give this season, you can. 

It may be a little harder than whipping out a charge card or pulling an all day shopping trip at the mall.

It may take a little more creativity, a little more giving of self.

But giving of ourselves is definitely a good thing.

How are you giving of yourself this Christmas season?

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  1. You are so right, we easily lose sight of the real meaning of love that should be shown at Christmas and always. Thank you for the reminder!

  2. Yes, you are so right! Our family motto is "We will give of our time, treasure, and talents, regardless of our financial situation." And it is how we try to live, especially at Christmas.

    Merry Christmas to you, Susan!

  3. Thank you, ladies. Merry Christmas to you!

  4. I like this, Susan. It does get hard to separate the busyness and commercialism of the season from the beauty of giving and joy of Christ's coming. I think you said this well.

  5. Starting the ministry of Operation Christmas Backpack has really helped my family take the focus off the commercialism of Christmas and put the focus on serving as Christ served us. I think this is the reason behind my being so incredibly late in my shopping this year. :-)

  6. Thank you, Leah.

    Clara, your Operation Christmas Backpack is quite impressive---what a great way to help people. :)


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