1.) To Say, “Thank You”
If you’ve followed my IG for a while, you know my mom was diagnosed with ovarian cancer and went through chemo over the summer. I’ll make a more detailed post on that later, so I don’t get too serious on this post! Anyway, it was a huge wake-up call to our family in a GOOD way. It was God’s way of humbling us and bringing us together. He made us stronger through all of 2018! I am so blessed. My mother is now in remission and we are so thankful and CONTENT. So, not getting into the materialistic side of Christmas is our way of honoring God. It is such a relief, honestly.
Philippians 4:19 says, “My God shall supply all your need according to his riches in glory by Christ Jesus.”
2.) To Not Become Materialistic
“For we brought nothing into the world, and we can take nothing out of it. But if we have food and clothing, we will be content with that.” 1 Timothy 6:7-8
Christmas has gotten out of control. I said it. People are going into real life debt just to buy their kids, friends, family, S.O., something that is “good enough” to reflect the relationship between you both. I understand the importance in gift giving and charity, but being forced to prove yourself to everyone you know, is a bit stressful and we tend to get carried away.
On the other hand, some of us like to give gifts… too much! Christmas is the only excuse we have to fully blossom into the “Shopaholics” we truly are. You don’t even have to leave your house these days.
3.) There Are No Kids
No one in my family is a kid or has a kid! All of us are 18+ actually and don’t plan on having kids soon. With that being said, Christmas flair is magical with little kids because it’s all new to them and they are SO EXCITED for all the lights, the sugar, the presents, and staying up late. For adults, we’ve been there done that, so the magic wears off.
Also, what’s the point of young adults buying each other things that they can’t even afford for themselves??? If anything we should just pool our money and go on (a kid free) vaycay. But that’s just me.
4.) To Be Financially Responsible
“The average American will spend $700 on holiday gifts and goodies this year, totaling more than $465 billion, the National Retail Federation estimates.”
“Moms reported they plan to spend an average of $271 per child this holiday, with one in 10 saying they’ll shell out upwards of $500 on gifts for each child. Despite the struggling economy, only 1 in 4 moms say they plan to spend less on presents this year.”
“Just as the rich rule the poor, so the borrower is servant to the lender.” Proverbs 22:7 NLT
5.) Remember the Reason for the Season
I want to get back to the real meaning of Christmas (my beliefs, but no judgement or pressure to anyone reading this – only love!), is to remember and celebrate the birth of our Lord and Savior, Jesus Christ.
You can always ask me a question or read more about it here:
6.) To Rest and Recover
Since I am not worrying about presents or money so much, I can actually use this break I have from school to rest! God wants us to make time to rest, so that we can be at our best when it is time to get to work.
“10 for anyone who enters God’s rest also rests from their works,[a] just as God did from his. 11 Let us, therefore, make every effort to enter that rest, so that no one will perish by following their example of disobedience.” Hebrews 4:10-11 NIV
You guys know I struggle with BPD which comes with Depression and Anxiety. One good way to describe how that feels is EXHAUSTING. I’m always in a fog, especially since I started taking anti-anxiety meds, which effect concentration, memory, and energy, in the early summer (which made for a hard Fall semester). With that being said, rest is exactly what I need.