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This year I really don't feel like buying anything for Christmas.
Like, at all.
Usually I really enjoy the secrets, shopping and wrapping...but I'm just not feeling it this year.
My friend Ralphie from @simplyonpurpose often talks about giving gifts of togetherness for Christmas and I love the idea. If relationships are the most important things in life (and they are), then the gift of time together is the best gift we can give our children.
But consumerism is all around us, and it seems to be the true meaning of Christmas these days. As I write this, I am staying in a city that is known for it's consumerism and exploitation of people, on a business trip with my husband . Everyone around me is trying to get me to buy something or use someone.
And it's starting to tick me off.
That is why I wanted to share the Christ-Centered Christmas Countdown from the Dating Divas with you. If you are feeling the way I am, this is a great tradition to start implementing in your family. The concept is simple: every day, do something together that celebrates Jesus Christ.
Many of you know that I am a coach for my son's middle school robotics team, despite the fact that I know absolutely NOTHING about robotics. We are in our inaugural season of using FIRST robotics. And WE. LOVE. IT. It not only teaches kids mechanical engineering, computer programming, and teamwork, but it also focuses on teaching Gracious Professionalism and Cooperative Competition (or as they have termed it, "Coopertition".) This all makes for a very helpful and collaborative culture. Essentially, you are rewarded when you help another team.
This sounds all fine and dandy...but when I saw it in action with our high school team, it took my breath away.
Christmas is a time of lights.
We put lights on Christmas trees and we light candles. We go on long drives in our neighborhoods and to different venues to see the beautiful lights others have put up. All of this is symbolic of the Light of the World and of His birth.
But there are different kinds of light, and there are ways that you and your family can bring light into this sometimes very dreary world.
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