Nothing special today. Here is hoping everyone is having a good day. It is the holiday season and a time that many people get really stressed. This is a time of year that we are supposed to be celebrating. Whether it is Christmas, Hanukkah, Kwanza, or something else we are supposed to be joyful and hopeful. But the commercialism of this time of year causes much negative emotions in so many people. People go into debt for gifts causing financial strain for months to come. Depression is on the rise during this time of year. These things should not be.
I would admonish everyone to be fiscally conservative about gift giving. Stay within a budget you can afford. Handmade gifts are an excellent way to show love. Certainly some of those can become quite expensive, however, there are many that can be given with just as much care and love without breaking the bank. Consider a homemade dry soup mix packaged in a nice Mason jar and a pretty fabric and ribbon embellishment on the lid. One year I made a big batch of homemade instant hot chocolate mix. I divided it up and spiced some in different ways. I put the mix in pretty Christmas jars and they were a perfect gift, much appreciated. There are so many things that can be done, easily, inexpensively and with more love than any store bought gift. I’m not exceptionally crafty, but, I do quilt. I’ve made quilts from recycled fabrics that cost very little and they were accepted with great enthusiasm and appreciation. What ever you are talented at making, consider handmade gifts.
I don’t have a big budget for gift giving. For the children, they love to get lots of little things. I spend part of my budget at a dollar store getting stocking stuffers that cost very little and give the children much joy.
For me this holiday is not as much about gift giving as the gift that God gave to us. He sent His only begotten son, Jesus, to be our redeemer from sin and death. There is no greater gift. I know that not all of my readers believe as I do. However, I am not afraid to proclaim my faith. I know that my redeemer lives and that someday I will be a part of whatever God has planned. At this time of year I am thankful for the gift of eternal life that He has promised through His Son Jesus Christ. With this as my focus for the Christmas season I enjoy a cheerfulness that no commercialized holiday can squelch.
Blessings on you all, and Be joyful!