Christmas Woes

Christmas shopping is so stressful. It makes me think of this scene in Friends, where Chandler catches Rachel and Phoebe searching for the presents that Monica bought.

Rachel makes a good point. I always go to places where I know I’ll find things that I’ll want to get for people, but then I’ll find things that are really inexpensive for some and really expensive for others and then I have to try to make it all even without making it look like one person got one present and another got a bunch of little presents.

And gift-giving in general kind of has me irked this year. The amount of consumption and debt in this country is ridiculous. We’re supposed to be in a recession, and yet the parking lots at the malls at still filled to their edges with consumers. In America, more is better, and the holidays promote frivolous spending and gluttonous activities fueled by greed and a lack of self-control. Don’t get me wrong; I’m not against Christmas, decorating, or even giving gifts. I just wish we could get our priorities straight. Americans spend billions of dollars on holiday shopping each year. And we still complain about not having jobs and money and the means to live.

Ok, I’m done with my little rant. I guess I’m not in the “Christmas spirit” as much as other years since our house isn’t decorated at all, and I don’t have the means to give all my friends all the presents I want to give them, lol. I am excited about worship at Reality SF, though. On Sunday we had a choir during worship where we sang some Christmas worship songs. We’ll be doing it again this week. It felt so great to be part of the choir and worship together with everyone at church, and remembering reason for the season, as cliched as that phrase is starting to get.

The angel answered, “The Holy Spirit will come on you, and the power of the Most High will overshadow you. So the holy one to be born will be called the Son of God…” -Luke 1:35

2 thoughts on “Christmas Woes

  1. “should we all expect Christmas gifts that can be stolen from your office?” lol
    i was listening to a sermon yesterday that said the average American spends $800 on presents. so ridiculous!
    maybe we should “make the gifts! make the gifts!” lol

  2. pastor todd today asked ' think of one word to decribe the week before christmas and share it… mine: crazy… sam's:stressful.

    christine…you can make my present anyday. that house.. man. so good.

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