T'was the night before Christmas.
When all through the house....
All my children are up at this moment and I'm baking pies, cakes, and breads!!! LOL
We will have a day tomorrow of games, food, laughter, and fun. We won't exchange gifts until February. It is for 2 reasons. 1. We can solely focus on what this holiday is really about. Jesus is the reason for the season and so we put our mind on Him. 2nd. Financially it's easier on me to not have to try to keep up with what everyone else is doing. My children only receive between 1-3 gifts anyway so it makes it easy for me to get things that are just right for them.
It's been great not to have to deal with the commercialism of Christmas. I wish we had taken this step of faith when our children were smaller.
It's really sad that we have taken our eyes off Jesus and put them on material things. Seriously, how many things do we really need??? And then when we get those things, how quickly do we forget about them or get bored with them and then need to buy something else to feed that fix once again.
At any rate, however you choose to celebrate Christmas, I pray that you too remember that Jesus is the reason for the season. Enjoy your family, friends, and loved ones, but most of all, enjoy the fact that this is a celebration of the sacrifice God made to allow His Son to be born for our salvation!!!!