5 Things to Remember About Christmas Shopping

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It’s been a crazy weekend, hasn’t it? I didn’t go shopping, but just a glance online showed me there was a lot of fiscal activity going on out there. While I heard voices saying, “Calm down, this won’t buy you happiness, ” I also sensed a lot of folks worrying about getting more stuff.

There are good reasons for shopping. And there are good reasons for staying home. And there are good reasons for spending less than you ever have, just as it is perfectly fine to spend more —provided you have money to spend.

Whatever you do, think on these things:

1. Christmas morning will be over in a blink of an eye. Disappointments are generally forgotten fairly quickly.

2. Little kids often prefer the cardboard box to the actual present inside. Be creative in how you approach gift giving. Enough is as good as a feast.

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3. It’s okay if Little Susie at school has more than your child. It is okay. Sometimes love means not giving folks everything they think they want.

4. People are more important than things. Rejoice in time spent together.

5. Jesus is the WHY of all of this.

For to us a child is born, to us a son is given, and the government will be on his shoulders. And he will be called Wonderful Counselor, Mighty God, Everlasting Father, Prince of Peace. — Isaiah 9:6

May the peace of Christ invade your Christmas preparations this year.

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  1. Very good thoughts. There is so much pressure about the holiday, and it is good to find the niche for our own families – one that keeps peace and helps us focus on the Lord. I always appreciate your posts so keep them coming. -smile-

  2. Thank you for this timely message. It is important to remember the reason for the season is our Savior Jesus Christ. Merry Christmas to all!!

  3. Thanks for this post, I’m really struggling with feeling left out in the whole Christmas shopping thing. Most, if not all of my friends & family give their children Christmas gifts & we do not as that is how my husband was brought up & it is something he feels isn’t needed since we have plenty & we do but I just think it is so fun to buy them things even if it is just a little something. But I have to agree with my hubby when I see how my nieces & nephews act when they are given something small by a relative, they toss it aside & say is this all you got me? Very ungrateful. My children are thrilled when someone puts a stick of gum inside their birthday card. 🙂 I hope they stay this grateful. We use the money we would spend on our children & have them pick something out for a person in a group home that doesn’t have any family. They love giving & have never complained that they don’t get gifts from us. Although they usually get a little something from their grandma like candy or snacks.

  4. Finances are so tight this year, we have decided to do alot of homemade gifts for others. The focus of the homemade gifts is on the thought and the heart behind the gift-giving. I’m hoping the recipients will see that.

    Also, we’re not giving our 3 children any gifts, because we know between the 2 sets of grandparents and the 2 sets of aunts and uncles, they will get a few gifts, and that will be plenty. So, our idea is that they will each get a stocking filled with different edible treats and they will get free rein Christmas morning. Who knows, maybe I will throw in a toothbrush for good measure, so they’ll want to brush their teeth after it, too. 😉 I’m not sure if this is a good idea or not, we shall see.

    I’d really like us to focus on what has already been given to us (our Savior, our family, love, our needs provided), rather then in things that we want.

    Of course, we want the kids to still have fun on Christmas morning, which is where the stocking idea comes in. Hopefully I will have the wisdom to put in enough to be fun, but not too much to give them bellyaches!!

    1. I’m tackling stockings in the same way, complete with toothbrushes and bandaids. 🙂

  5. When my first couple children hit elementary school, we lived in subsidized housing, while the subdivisions around us were full of doctors, lawyers, engineers, and university professors. Most of their friends got TONS of stuff from “Santa”. They wanted to know why the kids who already had everything got more, and they, who had very little, got very little. I explained that Santa only brings one gift to each child, and parents buy the rest and put “from Santa” on the package. Even in kindergarten, they found that easy to understand, and understood that it was a “secret”.

  6. What a great post! It’s definitely something we all need to remember. I especially like your first one, that disappointments will be soon forgotten.