She pushes through the mass of people trying to get to the cashier to pay for her last minute gifts on Christmas Eve. She mumbles under her breath how she shouldn’t have waited so long to do her shopping. Earlier, she was elbowed in the stomach by a woman who grabbed the last promotional item and what surprised her most was that it was done intentionally.
Isn’t Christmas supposed to be about love, peace and joy?
She checks her list one more time before leaving the store. She knows that she can’t afford all of the stuff that she purchased today, but she knows that her upcoming income tax refund will have to make up for this year’s shopping spree. Obligation outweighs the nagging guilt of having to buy things that she can’t afford on credit.
After making her way home through the stop and go madness of traffic, she plops bag after bag on the kitchen table to start her marathon wrapping party. The partially frozen turkey in the sink icebath greets her and she wonders if she’ll be able to get it in the oven in time before dinner with the family tomorrow. She still has all of the side dishes to prepare and the homemade pies as well. She could never resort to buying a pie at the store. Homemade pie was a tradition her family had kept for years. She knows she won’t be getting any sleep tonight…
Have you ever experienced any of the above scenario before?
I’ve celebrated big and I’ve celebrated small. The times that I’ve LOVED celebrating Christmas was when Jesus was the center of it all.
How can you celebrate a minimal Christmas with the cultural aspects of Christmas pressuring us from every side? I believe it can be simple and I’d like to share with you 5 ways today.
Put Jesus First
Sadly, Christmas has morphed into a commercial frenzy. The easiest way to bring back focus is to put Christ back in Christmas and make it spiritual. Gather the family together and read Luke Chapter 2 with hot cocoa. Do a reenactment of the Birth of Jesus. If you have a nativity, you can add baby Jesus on Christmas morning or Christmas Eve. Make it about Him!
Minimize Gift Giving
The constant commercialization of Christmas can be downright overwhelming! Consider having a gift exchange where each participating person pulls a name out of a hat and brings one gift for another family member. With minimizing the pressure of gift giving, there is also a great relief of mind in the area of finances. Skipping presents can also help a person regroup from debt that might feel pressured due to obligation.
Focus on Meeting the Needs of Others
As a child, Christmas was about what we got. Christmas is about so much more than simply giving and receiving gifts. For believers, it’s a wonderful way to share the love and light of the gospel to others. A wonderful way to spend Christmas would be serving others and there are so many opportunities available. How about serving at a homeless shelter? I have a friend who wrapped up Christmas gifts and brought them to underprivileged children. Inviting a friend/aquaintance to dinner who has no family, is another wonderful way to share the Love of Christ.
Banish Expectations and Obligations
Eliminate the pressure of Expectations.
It’s okay to minimalise and not get everything done.
Let love surround your holidays and allow yourself to focus on relationships.
Celebrate Christmas Daily!
I know this is pretty obvious but it’s true.
Christmas isn’t something we celebrate once a year.
The birth of our Lord and Saviour is something that we should celebrate every single day!
Walking with Him, loving Him, and Serving Him is something that we should do every day!
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