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A Christmas Challenge

December 6, 2008

Not surprisingly, I was late in recognizing and then posting about Buy Nothing Day, which was on November 28. I inadvertently participated in it. I don’t go to malls unless I absolutely have to, in the instance of, perhaps, buying a pair of good quality shoes for one of the girls since our local shoe store doesn’t carry a variety of children’s shoes. I actually haven’t been to a mall for years and that is just fine with me. I can’t imagine going to Walmart or Target before dawn on Black Friday and braving the mad (as in crazy) crowds. Crowds that are frenzied with the potential of acquiring ever more stuff and save a few bucks at the same time. Crowds that have the potential to kill.

In fact, we will be simplifying this year for Christmas. If you scroll to the bottom of this page, you will find a Christmas Challenge. I intend to follow the spirit rather than the letter of the challenge.

I love Christmas. I love the festive spirit, the music, the food, and time to celebrate the birth of my savior, though I know He wasn’t really born at the end of December. I love the decorations and traditions we have built as a family. I even love the gifting aspect. I have grown to dread the accumulation of un-needed items, no matter the kind intentions behind it.

With the difficulties that are plaguing our planet right now, including dwindling resources and economic turmoil, this is probably the year that we will be able to control ourselves and take the steps in simplifying more seriously than we have in the past.

So, we will give far fewer gifts than we ever have before. They will have more of a focus on items that we need and are practical, though they won’t be boring. They will also be handmade if possible and if it’s not possible to buy handmade, we will buy locally. There is one gift that isn’t handmade and not available locally that I will likely purchase because it is in line with our values and will enrich our play time. I will make a gift for the girls like I normally do and I know that someone else is making gifts for them as well.

We will have a very enjoyable holiday season, because we will be together and we will also be sharing bountiful food and friendship with those close to us. And that’s the real spirit of the holiday season.

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3 Comments leave one →
  1. Evelyn permalink
    December 8, 2008 1:04 pm

    Ithink alot of people are cutting back this Christmas because of the economy. I hope it teaches alot of them what is really important. I have never been one to buy lots of presents and I have always tried to keep them practical to a certain extent. But this year we are keeping everything as practical as we can. But some of those practical things can be made even more enjoyable like soap. We all need soap, but can’t always buy handmade soaps. So wonderful handmade soaps made by my very own daughter makes it a wonderful gift. Not only your soaps, but other items you make as well.
    I hope other people go back to simple gifts and handmade gifts also. I love the handmade gifts because someone is putting something of themselves into it.

  2. Lisa permalink
    December 10, 2008 12:42 am

    I agree, Mom.

  3. Lisa permalink
    December 10, 2008 12:42 am

    I agree, Mom.

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