Tuesday, December 6, 2011

For Richer or For Poorer

For Richer or For Poorer
Biblical Priority # 2 Marriage
by Jenn V.

Paul and I are about to have our 14th Christmas as a family.  We have had abundant ones and well, not so abundant ones.  I am a mom who would like to get EVERYTHING on the Christmas lists the kids bring to me!  Paul, on the other hand, is more conservative and doesn’t understand this about me.  He looks at Christmas the way it should be, more about Jesus.  One of my love languages happens to be - you guessed it - gifts!  I like giving and receiving gifts and I LOVE CHRISTMAS!!!  Paul and I had outrageous Christmases as children.  Our parents went nuts in this area and so we both agreed together when we got married, to scale down on the gifts in our own family and concentrate on the gift of Jesus.  We still did Santa sightings and footprints with baking soda on the floor. We ate the cookies and drank the milk left for Santa, but we wanted to make sure that our children knew first and foremost, that Christmas came from Christ.

When we were just starting our lives together, I was a stay-at-home mom and we did not have much money to spend on Christmas gifts. However, those Christmases are special to us! Watching the boys open their gifts and be so thankful for every little thing they got blessed us beyond measure! That experience showed us that we don’t need to worry about how much is under the tree. It is the time the family spends sitting around it that matters the most!  Luke 1:14 "And you will have joy and gladness, and many will rejoice at his birth.”  NKJV

CHALLENGE:  Talk to your husband and agree on a predetermined amount of money to spend on Christmas, to help open up the communication on your holiday budget and how you want to make a purposeful effort to keep Jesus as the forefront of Christmas.

No comments: