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Tuesday, December 12, 2006

Christmas shopping

You'd think from reading a previous post that I'm not too keen on Christmas this year, wouldn't you? Well, it's surprising what a few decorations (my wife and son did a great job!) and some nice Christmas music will do to set the mood. Those who know me will not be surprised to learn that my favourite Christmas CD is the Vince Guaraldi trio's music from the TV special "Charlie Brown's Christmas." My wife doesn't share my taste in music. She's tired of Christmas music after two or three songs.
My family is coming to our house for Christmas this year on December 28. I know some would say that can't be - Christmas is only on December 25. Well, Christmas is about celebrating Jesus' birth and God's gift to the world, and about spending time with family and friends, so Christmas can be celebrated any day of the year.
My wife is getting a little anxious, because there's so much to do, and so little time to do it. I guess that's my cue to help out a little more. Well, I did start some Christmas shopping today, popping out to pick up a couple of things for my wife (SHH! Don't tell her!).
The question is how to approach Christmas with our son. He's three and a half, and excited about Christmas. We want to give him good gifts, but we don't want to instill the wrong impression in him that Christmas is about getting lots of gifts. He has more toys than he can play with now. He doesn't really lack anything. So, what do we get him for Christmas? On the other hand, we don't want to make Christmas too dull either.
I think that's the issue with many of us. We get caught up in the commercialism of the season and our society (because this bug is not limited to this season only!) and end up spending too much money on things we don't really need or sometimes even want. I know I catch myself wanting more things. But do I really need them? I might be able to make a good case for needing something, especially if it's a tool of some kind or a book, but in reality I can live without it.
In the midst of all our normal celebrations and trappings of the season, let's not lose Jesus, the real gift of Christmas.


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