It is this time of year I hear many of my friends decrying the commercialism of Christmas…keep Christ in Christmas…He is the reason for the season…too much shopping….all about the toys….the complaints and grumbling go on an on BUT if you look at pictures of the “grumblers” Christmas you will still find trees over flowing with gifts and stockings stuffed beyond full…..we are no exception.
The 11 Month Project was designed to be 11 months and not a full year so that Christmas would not be included. I suspect however that by the time the 11 months draws to a end we will either be:
a) so completely OVER not spending money that Christmas will be a sweet release from the ties that bind and our first real spending spree
or, and this is truly my hope and desired effect
b) more fully aware of what we already own, use and don’t use, and less willing to buy just for the sake of buying.
Don’t get me wrong I LOVE Christmas shopping…..all of it….the sights, the smells, the music, bags full of gifts for those I love….it is the quintessential Christmas experience and I am not likely to Just Say No To Christmas any time soon….but I am hoping to just say no to buying “stuff”.
You can read the article about saying no to Christmas here: Just Say No To Christmas