6 Ways to Decommercialize Christmas

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Does it bother you that stores start selling Christmas decorations and Christmas themed gifts as soon as Halloween is over? Are you offended that many stores are bowing to politically correct pressure and requiring their clerks and cashiers to say “Happy Holidays” instead of Merry Christmas? Do you feel that the true meaning of Christmas has become lost in the wrappings, trappings and political fights? Read on for 6 ways to put Christ back into Christmas.

1. Ignore the advertisers and set the environment for your own home and mind.

Do you remember your mom telling you to ignore the taunts of others? Have you heard the saying that “No one can make you feel bad without your permission?” Same principles apply here. You set the environment for your home and mind. You choose what to listen to and you choose how you feel about it. I’m not saying it’s an easy task, but it is one within your control.

2. What do you envision as a decommercialed Christmas?

Get pad and pen and put down ideas – all of them – good, bad and indifferent. Decide how you will handle common categories such as …

  • Christmas cards …
  • holiday food …
  • seeing family and friends …
  • decorating …
  • gifts …
  • music …
  • church attendance …
  • acts of service.

Be sure to talk this over with those you’ll be celebrating with. Pick the ideas that are doable and embraced by all.

3. Discuss a sane gift-giving strategy with your family, friends and co-workers.

Here are some ideas.

  • Maybe you will only give to the children under a certain age …
  • Pick a name out of a hat and give to one person instead of everyone …
  • Determine a limit on how much can be spent …
  • Say that all the gifts have to be handmade with common supplies found in the home or bought from the Dollar Store …
  • Decide to not give anyone a gift but make a donation to a charitable organization instead …
  • Give each person the gift of a letter detailing why that person is special to you, highlighting a memorable experience or two from the last year and end it with a blessing and gratitude for their friendship and presence in your life.

4. Celebrate the four Sundays of Advent.

“The focus of the entire season is the celebration of the birth of Jesus the Christ in his First Advent, and the anticipation of the return of Christ the King in his Second Advent. Thus, Advent is far more than simply marking a 2,000 year old event in history. It is celebrating a truth about God, the revelation of God in Christ whereby all of creation might be reconciled to God. That is a process in which we now participate, and the consummation of which we anticipate. Scripture reading for Advent will reflect this emphasis on the Second Advent, including themes of accountability for faithfulness at His coming, judgment on sin, and the hope of eternal life.” Robert Longman Jr.

5. Use a Jesse Tree or something similar to remind you and your family of the values you treasure.

This link and this link explain this concept of Jesus’ family tree or Jesse Tree. The authors pair specific ornaments with specific Scripture to show that it was always God’s plan to have Jesus explode into real time to take on earthly flesh and then our sins to die and rise again in triumph.

6. Do what you can to simplify the holiday calendar.

Nothing takes away our patience and commitment to all that’s good for us faster than a calendar that is overwhelmed with too much to do, to see, to be, and to buy. Pick wisely what you will be involved in. Pick things that support your dedication to a commercial-free holiday. Pick the activities that highlight Jesus.

See any ideas that are helpful? That you’ll be trying this year? Come back Monday for  6 more ways you can decommercialze Christmas.

Your Turn . . .

  • What is your relationship to Christmas?
  • What would you add to this list?

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