06 December 2008
The Groovy Family Has Gotten Off the Merry-Go-Round
That would be the insane gift-giving merry-go-round.
For several years now Mulletman and I have struggled with our disdain for the commercialism of Christmas and our desire to bless the people we love with nice gifts. The trouble is, the people we love don't really NEED much. So we search and agonize and struggle to come up with "something" for the requisite Christmas present and we get all grouchy and we argue and get stressed and the kids get overwhelmed with too much STUFF.
We hate it. And we're done with done with it. Not with Christmas. We LOVE Christmas! No. no, we're done with the "obligations". As of this year, we're through with giving gifts to the adults in the family, including each other. And we're only buying one gift for the girlies and some stocking stuffers. I'll also get some stocking things for GrammaJ because she grew up without a warm, loving family and getting a stocking means the world to her. The grown kids will get homemade cookies and lotsa love. The grandkids get one or two small gifts.
Will we still buy gifts for our family? Oh sure! Just not for Christmas! We'll bless them on their birthdays and as opportunities arise during the year; we're not stingy!
But Christmas isn't about us. It isn't even about family - although that's what Hallmark wants us to think. It's about Christ. It is (presumably) His birthday (so to speak). We're celebrating Christmas by giving gifts to HIM! How? Well jesus said, "When you've done it to the least of these, you've done it unto Me." (Matthew 25) Consequently we are focusing our December on giving financially and physically to the poor, both in the U.S. and abroad.
And it feels SO awesome! SO freeing! So relieving! SO joyous!
We are having a blast picking charities to bless and places to serve!
Before I go, I want you to know...to KNOW, that I am not posting this as some sort of self-righteous drive-by guilting. I'm not going to lecture anyone else on how they celebrate (or don't celebrate) Christmas. That's between you and God and your own family. However, my heart is so overflowing with peace right now that I just had to share it with you all.
Oh and a final note: We did get some gifts this year before we made this final no-gift decision - most especially for J-Man and Funsocksgirl - and they're still going to get their gifts. We won't regift them for a toy drive! ;D
And we gave Scout some special things before he left for his base because we weren't sure we could even get a Christmas gift to him on time because he deploys next week.
It's also interesting just how many birthdays we have coming up too - which explains why I'm STILL going shopping!
Grammy Dec 22
Grampy Dec 30
PrettyMom Dec 31
Fireball Jan 3
GrammaJ Jan 5
And then Ji-Ji in Feb. and Scout in Mar. and Cookie in April!
OK...I gotta go. Gotta pick up some NOT Christmas stuff and buy some food for the diet that starts Monday. Prevention Magazine insists that we all start now, during the Holidays, instead of in January. They are some seriously tough task masters! I have a new post up on my diet blog (I've got the process figured out now!) and there'll be another one up tomorrow or Monday.
You folks have an awesome weekend!