Buying Things ≠ Happiness

Holidays //

The countdown has begun and its hard to ignore.
Christmas displays have been up for weeks.
Circulars are arriving.
Amazon is counting down to Black Friday…

In the United States Christmas has been reduced to shopping and giving gifts – mostly gifts that never get used.

This Christmas consider giving a better gift. A gift of your time, a gift of your smile, a present of your presence.

This year I was blessed to be a part of two advent devotion projects, one created in partnership with Awana and another that was funded through kickstarter…but this isn’t just about a devotional.

This Christmas start a new tradition that includes special times with your spouse and with your children. For example, each Christmas we do a daily advent devotion – but to make things even more special we set aside certain days for activities. One of the first activities will be to make a list of things we could do and decide what we will do. Chances are we’ll make Christmas cookies for special helpers in our lives, play a game at a coffee shop, go on a date.

The exciting part isn’t just that I don’t know what else will happen; its that I’ll be with three of the most special people in the world. Despite the arguments, the tears, and the angry faces that the year could bring we will be focused on the joy of being with each other.

So what traditions are you looking forward to?





About the Author

Jesse and his wife, Teri, will celebrate 20 years of marriage in May of 2012 and are raising two growing sons, Kevin and Alex. After moving from the DC metro area in 2008 they adopted a mastiff named Book and slobber became a way of life. In his spare time, you may find Jesse enjoying photography, biking, or simply watching a movie or reading. Jesse is a graduate of Cohort K from Bethel Seminary’s CFM program and serves as the Children and Family Pastor at the Evangelical Free Church of Wauconda.