While I have much to say about the Holiday Season, Christmas, New Years and all the other festivities that I enjoy this time of year and I love hearing what others do, I have one question in my mind. Some one please answer this... Why is Christmas celebrated with so much materialism?
How can we connect the Reason for the Season, the birth of Jesus and hope for humanity, with shopping, sales, deals, buying and selling? How did the spiritual truths get locked up in so much material items. Don't get me wrong... I love giving presents. I give presents because it gives me a delight when I find something that reminds me of someone. Beloved claims that gift giving is my predominate love language. I am not sure how much I buy into the 5 love languages that each person has, but I do know, the first thing I think of when I hear about a friend's baby's birth, a birthday, a new job, or when I go on a trip and think of a loved one is what sort of gift can I send....
I think this is different then the materialism fostered during Christmas time. I personally give presents because I want to, there is no obligation, no polite objection, no expectations.
So when any of my loved ones ask me what I want for Christmas, I tell them all I want is a hug from them.
What do you want for Christmas? Why do you shop during this time of year?