Thursday, July 28, 2011

Simple Christmas

A repost from the archives. As our family travels to the Philippines for our missions immersion trip, a selection from the archives will be reposted... blog posts that show a snippet of the journey God has taken us through to mold us into a family that seeks to {by His grace} live out Micah 6:8!

November 13, 2008

I've been thinking more about my post from three weeks ago about having a simple Christmas this year. Quite appropriately, I stumbled upon this video and it fits perfectly with my line of thought today. It is a must-see --- here it is (please pause the Playlist on the sidebar of this blog as you watch the video):

So, I bring up the topic of a simple Christmas with my kids and we came up with some ideas. My son was quick to say that we should decorate less... his idea is for each family member to pick just a couple of their favourate decorations and only put those up... but we must have the Christmas tree!

We also talked about spending less on presents so that we can give to the needy... gift baskets for needy families in our community, care packages for homeless shelters, food bank and packing shoeboxes for Samaritan's Purse.We will definitely dialogue more on this as Christmas approaches.

As a mom, it definitely is not an easy task to strike a balance between focusing on the real meaning of Christmas and "spoiling" my kids a little bit! I understand that balance to be different for each family.

For our family, I know we've reached that balance when my kids want to give more than they want to receive. I don't think we're there yet. One step at a time... slowly, but surely!
For a child is born to us, a son is given to us. The government will rest on his shoulders. And he will be called: Wonderful Counselor, Mighty God, Everlasting Father, Prince of Peace. His government and its peace will never end. He will rule with fairness and justice from the throne of his ancestor David for all eternity. The passionate commitment of the Lord of Heaven’s Armies will make this happen! ---Isaiah 9:6-7 (NLT)
Unwrapping more of His love in this world.
Act justly.  Love mercy.  Walk humbly with God!


  1. I have a very similar post in my archives! It's sooo good!


  2. This past year I tried very hard to take the focus off ourselves at Christmas and truly try to celebrate Jesus - since it's His birthday - after all.

    I didn't quite have the support I wanted from my family, so we didn't quite accomplish what I had hoped.

    But we did pick out birthday gifts for Jesus (from Compassion's catalog) after opening our own presents.

    We also scaled WAY back on decorations. I even minimized my nativity set....setting out only Joseph, Mary and Jesus!