In discussing with Jeff what we would give our grand-kids this year for Christmas we are like all grandparents, we love those children and want them to have a wonderful Christmas. It’s not in the gifts though. It’s less about receiving and more about giving. (I know we all know that…sometimes though, we need reminding.)
Many times when children have too much…they appreciate it very little.
I remember one year, when Tiffany and April were very young, we had a friend, whose dad was going to a orphanage in Mexico and was collecting gently used toys. After hearing about it, our girls decided they wanted to send some of theirs. I let them decide. I thought they would go in their room and pick out two or three things that they didn’t care about.
Nope. They spent a long time getting toys together. Dolls and stuffed animals that were in very good condition. I’ll be honest. There were two or three that I said, “are you sure”? Not that I didn’t want them to give, I just knew my girls. They might be very on board today—and not so much tomorrow.
At the end of the day—they had a 30 gallon garbage bag full of dolls with combed hair and new bows and teddy bears. What does that tell you? Right. They had toooooooo much stuff.
Making gift purchases then was less complicated. You go to the store, you buy what they like. Provided you KNOW what that is. There were no companies supporting things that Christians do NOT believe in like there are today. These days I try and only purchase from companies (when I know) who aren’t jumping on every band wagon, supporting groups and organizations who do and say things that are contrary to standards we grew up with.
Which leads me to something I have really been bothered by. ” Wal-Mart”.
I really try and avoid soapbox issues, but this one won’t leave my brain. So it must come out.
Case in point, Nativity Scenes. You won’t find them in Marianna’s Wal-Mart. Nor will you find one at Chipley’s Wal-Mart (according to my scout). You can find them in Auburn, Alabama I was told. And a few more Wal-Mart’s but not here. What’s up with that? Are there not enough Christians here that our voice would be not only heard, but felt?
My sweet daughter, April called me and said, “Momma, you can get one at the Dollar Store, and they have two or three sizes”. I smiled and said, “I already had several different ones that I put out in various places in the house–and it wasn’t that I NEEDED one…but if I did…why couldn’t I get it there”?
Because they are answering to a higher authority who is trying to take Christ out of Christmas by removing the small replica of the manger where He was born. THANKFULLY, they still allow the Salvation Army bell ringers to stand at the door and receive donations. (As aggravating as the tinkling bell is to my hormonal ears at times. It’s for a good cause.)
Remove the reminders they may be able to do, but the facts remain. Jesus Christ WAS born. (Luke 2:7) Jesus CHRIST DID LIVE. (Luke 2:52) And die (Luke 23:46)—and HE ROSE FROM THE GRAVE ON THE THIRD DAY (Luke 24:2-9 and Luke 24:46). Those are the facts. He lives today. In my life and hopefully yours too! By the way, He’s coming again. Just so you know, in case you are reading this and you aren’t a believer. (1 Thessalonians 4:13-18)
So while out shopping in the stores or online, search for Christ. Wherever you find Him–that would be a good place to spend your money.
We are going simple this year. An outfit, a book, a puzzle or game for the grand-kids and something useful and needed for the parents of the kids….
If you like to shop online…I found a few neat places:
Try these on for size. I found these and there are so many more out there!
Salt of the Earth! Fashion grounded in faith!
Wear it! Live it! Share it! Cool website that offers a ton of things!
Life is Good! Helping kids overcome pain and sorrow with joy. *The Life is good Kids Foundation supports extraordinary charities that create a lasting positive impact on children facing unfair challenges, including the trauma of violence, poverty, and loss. (*Taken from the webpage, Life is Good.)
TOMS shoes! One for one. Buy a pair…they give a pair. *TOMS Shoes was founded on a simple premise: With every pair you purchase, TOMS will give a pair of new shoes to a child in need. One for One. Using the purchasing power of individuals to benefit the greater good is what we’re all about. (*Taken from the webpage TOMS shoes) Go here to see the video.
Whatever you do this Christmas Season, wherever you go, look for Christ. Give Christ. Share His Love and Life with others. The best gift to give your loved ones is your time. Undivided, wholeheartedly to them alone.
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Pictured Nativity Scene can be found at Pottery Barn.