So what are you feeling about that? Does that bring a sense of joy when getting together with family and friends to enjoy a few days off and celebrate? Or does it bring a sense of relief, that the pressure of the gift buying and party prepping and money burning is finally about to be off, and you can cry in the corner with a glass of wine during Christmas breakfast…? Or maybe you are just sick of hearing about it on EVERY COMMERCIAL and IN EVERY STOREFRONT DISPLAY!?!?
For those that are sick and tired and just ready for this ridiculous mass of rabid consumerism to end, I feel you. I’m sick of it too. And for those who are ready to enjoy the day, but wonder if they got enough gifts for everyone, and maybe are worried about the impending credit card bill to come from over-shopping, I understand. I’ve been there. And for those who will drink entirely too much eggnog because you can’t stand the thought of not being able to get your kids the BEST GIFT EVER this year….do not fret.
Because, no matter what everything and everyone may be telling you, just remember this one thing…
CHRISTMAS IS NOT ABOUT MONEY!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
It may be hard to believe. But Christmas literally has absolutely NOTHING to do with cash. Or credit cards. Or spending until you cry in line a Wal-mart Or electronics. Or those flying helicopters in the malls.
It’s simply about Jesus. God coming into human history as a baby to save the world. That’s it. Nothing more. Nothing less.
And here’s one of the beautiful things about that.
YOU DON’T HAVE TO THINK ABOUT MONEY ON CHRISTMAS!!!!!
In fact, here’s what you need to do to enjoy Christmas this year.
Do not think about money. Do not talk about money. Don’t brag about what you bought. Don’t talk about how much you spent. Just don.t
Enjoy the time with whomever you are with. Enjoy the giving and receiving of gifts, regardless of their monetary value. And do enjoy that eggnog!
There are rarely more than a few hours at a time that you can truly just forget about the nagging needs of your wallet and bank account. Money decisions are made several times a day. But on Christmas, just slow down and take it all in, without letting money cross your mind.
Can you do that? I can, and will. I hope you’ll join me and truly enjoy Christmas day this year.