“I hate christmas.” I stood before my husband and saw the exhaustion in his face from working too many hours for too many days.
“Oh honey, lets find a way to love christmas.”
“Ok, the day christmas is over. I will love christmas.”
Somehow by the end of our conversation he committed to turning a cartwheel when the fa la las had faded. And by the end of the day I had committed to changing what Christmas is all about.
I am not talking about surface changes, where the kids receive fewer gifts and we serve at the local Salvation Army for a day. I want a total and complete infusion of new values and Jesus' perspective on not only the holidays but on the people who celebrate them.
Our kids aren't any different than yours, they want things. The Christmas lists are drafted and the eyes grow wider with every advertisement for the latest gadget, toy or perfume. America entices us, and is built on the very foundation of wanting more. In fact, it is human nature to want more, to become better than we once were, to have better than we once had. But the question is, more and better of what?
So I have decided to change that for my kids. I think it may be the greatest gift I could ever give them. There is no promise that our economic status will be better next Christmas. There aren't guarantees even for a next year at all. So this year I will not allow guilt to control my spending. I will not allow the pressure to spend dictate the values of our home.
I'm just not sure how exactly I am going to do it.
I am beginning with prayer and, lots of it, and a treasure hunt through scripture to guide me, trusting in creativity from THE Creator to lead me to the next step.
So far, so good:
“Therefore my people, though you are such wicked rebels, come and return to the Lord. I know the glorious day will come when every one of you will throw away the gold idols and silver images that your sinful hands have made.”
I am convinced thus far that what the journey will be about is returning to the first of the ten commandments and the one spoken of by Jesus:
Love the Lord your God with all of your heart your soul and your strength.
I invite you to come along with me on this journey. I have no idea what it will hold, but I can guarantee it will be radical, and uncomfortable and unlike any Christmas you have ever experienced before.