Tuesday, December 11, 2007

What Christmas is all about... for me

Christmas gifts are sometimes the hardest to come up with on a tight budget like ours, but we seem to manage very nicely year after year... Last year we made fudge for everyone...

This year I am making crocheted and knitted gifts for all the people on my list. As I make each thing, I think about the person that I am crafting for and I put all my heart and soul into making the best thing I can... I have discovered that this is a very selfish thing to do, because, as I make each stitch, I feel such a warmth wash over me that I never felt when combing through Wal-mart for a gift that fits each person, while trying hard not to exceed my tiny budget, feeling bad about having to cut corners or go to the dollar store to finish shopping....

It may seem a bit cliche-ish, but sometimes I wish that people would take the time to think about what Christmas is really all about. I sometimes cringe when I hear Christmas carols on the radio talking about how many presents a child will receive. When I see so many people shopping for the perfect gift for that special someone, they often they overlook the most precious gift of all: the gift of love.

Having a child of our own this year, my husband and I have been looking at things a little different... do we want to spread commercialism and make Christmas about Santa and presents, or do we want to focus on the spirit of Christmas as it was meant to be? For us, that means a celebration of the birth of Jesus Christ. A celebration of the fact that, although we are not perfect, because of Him, we can hope for a better life.

This year, we wont be setting up a Christmas tree or stringing lights all over our home, we will set up our Nativity and read the Christmas story, and spend time with loved ones and focus on what Christ did for us and what we can do for others...

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