Sunday, November 2, 2008
Halloween is over, which nowadays means that stores, malls and gas stations are decorating for Christmas. I'm pretty sure the mall is not just trying to make the blessed advent season more meaningful for the general public. Instead, retailers market the message that Christmas is about stuff. Lots and lots of stuff. Buy enough stuff and spend enough money, and the magical meaning of Christmas will materialize in your lap and you can put it in a fruitcake for your neighbor. Christmas has become a frenzied, stressful, selfish holiday that puts millions of American in serious debt.
Christmas now looks nothing like the first Christmas. The first celebration of Christmas happened in a dirty stable, with smelly animals and a teenage couple living just above the poverty line. Hope entered the world, not with tinsel, a collection of Santa Claus statues, snowmen, or mechanical reindeer, but in the form of a helpless baby.
This year, I'm putting my foot down. And, so is my church. Check out this video and join me. Overlake is challenging it's people to BUY ONE LESS GIFT and donate the money to world AIDS relief. ONE LESS GIFT. Personally, I'm going to buy a lot less gifts. And, if you're planning on buying for me, DON'T. I don't need any more socks, slippers, or gift cards to Starbucks. I want the babies I'm visiting in South Africa this December to have treatment for HIV, books, toys and families.