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Monday, December 5, 2011

Keeping CHRIST in CHRISTmas!!!

 For several years, I've felt such a conviction when it comes to buying gifts at CHRISTmas.  It has to do with how commercialized CHRISTmas has become.....and the fact that there are so many in this world who have absolutely nothing.  Many times, I think we continue to buy for so many people out of obligation....or, thinking that's what is expected of us.  This year, our family is going to focus  on spending time with each other....loving on one another....eating, of course.....but, not on the giving and receiving of gifts....except, of course for our GRANDbabies....and a few stocking stuffers for our kids!!!  

We want our main focus to be on HIM....
.....the Greatest Gift of all!!!


What about you all....has your family cut back on your gift giving and spending this CHRISTmas, too?!?!

In HIS Most Precious Love....and with mine!!!




9 comments:

  1. Thank you Deb for the award. What a sweet token of love and appreciation you have given..know that I send the love back to you on Angel Wings. May the Lord keep you close to his heart today and every day to come. Thank you Deb! Merry Christmas

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  2. I know this year we are "trying" to keep it more simplified, and like you- the exception being the small ones. BTW- thank you so kindly for the award as well- 7 things about myself? Happy, silly, loving, clutzy, crafty, studious,& musical- all because of Jesus!

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  3. This is such an excellent reminder. Thanks Deb. On Thursday I'm doing a similar post and want to include a link to your post and a few others I've found...

    Merry Christmas!

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  4. We buy each of our kids, inloves and grandkids 1 gift a piece and have for years limiting what we spend to $25 or less. Just takes the sting out of the checkbook and limits the time we spend on that part of Christmas...with more time for the important things...

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  5. We have cut back a few years ago. Grandpa and I give 1 gift to each of our children and grandchildren. Our Adult children draw names so it goes one gift per adult. We make more time for family games and eating of course.

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  6. Spending time with each other is so much more important than spending money.

    We cut back about 10 years ago and we've never regretted it. We only exchange with our daughter and grandson.

    It has greatly lessened the stress of the holidays. No mad rushing around shopping or standing on long lines.

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  7. Three years ago I started doing Christmas the way I thought God wanted me to...celebrating for him! I give money to the children to get gifts for the grandchildren only, then pray that God will instruct me with my 'Jesus' gifts. It is Jesus' birthday, so I plan for him. I decorate my home with the manager scene and greenery rather than a Christmas tree and put the focus on Christ Jesus, then have dinner with my family and friends. This takes away from the stress and strain that previous yrs has always brought. I truly have been so blessed these years doing this.

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  8. Deb, I've put a link to this post on my blog. It will appear on my post tomorrow! Thanks!

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  9. Hello Deb, I love this, I pray many take the time to read and learn...It is so important. God Bless you xxxxx

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