I don't know about you, but I am tired of the consumerism that surrounds Christmas, the preassure to get family the perfect gift, to make the perfect meal, and decorate our houses like a Pottery Barn catalog. Especially because our lives are so hectic all year with school, sports, work, family, and church.
I also know a lot of people who are really struggling this Christmas with money issues, health issues, elderly parents who are hard to deal with, people who are newly single with kids, having heart failure, cancer, loss of a loved one, and I see homeless people that I don't even know how they survive in the cold without running water, toilets, and shelter.
There seems to be no end to the suffering that is out there, so there is really no reason to make Christmas into more drama, in my opinion.
I'd rather focus on what's important, like making memories and helping people where I can, than running up bills for things that will be soon forgotten or clutter up the house.
I figured out a few things over the last couple of years that seem to make our family's Christmas more meaningful and thought I would share them, as a reminder to myself as well.
What Your Kids Really Want for Christmas is You in a Good Mood
Have you heard this one? "The family that plays together, stays together." I think that is a great motto to live by.
Our LDS church did a video series they shared on TV many years ago, and each commercial ended with this message: "Family, it's about time." I have to agree with that.