Tuesday, December 17, 2013

Less Can Be More

I just read an interesting article that really alligns with my family Christmas plans. The article is called 'Three-gift Christmas' parents try to bring some reason to the season'.

TODAY contributor, A. Pawlowski writes, Inspired by the notion that Jesus received three gifts from the Wise Men on December 25 -- gold, frankincense and myrrh – many parents are saying they, too, want a three-gift Christmas for their children. Some do it for religious reasons. Others try it to save money, ease the stress of the holidays or get away from the commercialism that permeates December.

I would have to put a check mark on all of those reasons. We've been practicing minimal gift giving as a family for several years. We prefer to spend our time experiencing many of the special moments of Christmas - like driving down Christmas Tree Lane looking at all the decorated homes, attending our church's Christmas play, having friends over for a gift exchange, watching holiday movies, and just staying at home enjoying our family and our decorations. Best of all, by keeping the gift giving to a minimum it keeps our 'greed-o-meters' in check. I don't like feeling discontent with my life because I don't have the latest gadgets or must-have items that are all on sale. We purposefully keep the commercialism to a minimum so we can be thankful and celebratory of the true reason for Christmas.

What about you? Do you plan to splurge or keep the gift-giving to a minimum this year?

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