Two things popped out at me when I opened up Blogger. The first was that it's been a while since I posted. The second was how close it is to Christmas.
Are you making your list and checking it twice? Before we know it, it will be the day of our Savior's birth. I believe that the secular world has commercialized Christmas to the point that even Christians get caught up in the whirl wind of who has the best decorations, throws the best parties and gives the most (and best) gifts. It shouldn't surprise us because it seems that the commercial aspect of Christmas started even earlier this year. Before we know it the stores will be putting out Christmas decorations as soon as they put away the back to school displays.
Those of us who celebrate the real meaning of Christmas have to make a stand on the commercialization of our Savior's birth. One way to do that is to stop lining the pockets of the corporate world and start doing instead of buying. Don't buy some generic gift for your friends and neighbors that has absolutely no thought in it. Instead make something personal. It could be a simple tree ornament or cookies or candy that you make. Make the gifts you give personal. This way the recipient knows that you were thinking of them and not just giving them a "have to" gift..
You can do this for family too. Wouldn't it be wonderful to have your family member "showing off" their gift and telling everyone that mom or grandma made it just for them. Think about it, does your sister's son really need another video game? I'm sure he doesn't. But does he really love football or the Mississippi State Bulldogs? Why not make an easy to sew pillowcase in the school's colors or novelty fabric. Can't sew, there's always the no sew fleece blankets. Did you wait to late to make it yourself? Check out a site like Etsy to find one of a kind, handmade gifts for those on your list.
By doing instead of buying or buying handmade, you are making Christmas more personal and keeping the spending in check. After all, Jesus is the reason for the season. Not a credit card bill that you'll be paying on until next Christmas or gifts that will be lost in everything else the recipient already had.
May the Lord bless and keep you during this season of His birth.