It’s too bad that Black Friday comes the day after Thanksgiving. In an article titled “Thanksgiving vs. Black Friday,” Dr. Stephen Post writes, “Thankfulness frees us from the things that we do not need or even really want, but that we thought we wanted because we were comparing ourselves with others. …Black Friday represses the spirit of Thanksgiving, crowding it out of mind and out of sight.” Read the rest of his article at: http://www.huffingtonpost.com/stephen-g-post-phd-/thanksgiving-black-friday_b_4352274.html.
Rather than CONSUMING, more families should have a holiday tradition of GIVING. If you have money to spend, consider providing gifts to families in need. Donate to a local Christmas Angel, Angel Tree, Toys for Tots, or similar campaign.
Gospel For Asia publishes an annual Christmas Gift Catalog in which donors can contribute toward a wide variety of items to help the poor including mosquito nets, water filters, blankets, sewing machines, weaving looms, bicycles, water wells, tool kits, building supplies, solar-powered lights, radios, and even animals such as chickens, goats, pigs, lambs, and cows.
World Vision also publishes an annual Christmas Gift Catalog in which donors can help poor families around the world by choosing a gift to give on behalf of your family or in honor of someone special. Choose from farm animals, clean water, clothing, medicine, and other necessities. Instead of spending $25 on a plastic toy that will soon fall apart, for that same $25 you can give a gift that truly changes a life.
Then there are those of us who don’t have any money at all, but we can still donate our time and talents. Remember, it’s not how much you spend that is the measure of your love. See the following links for some ideas!
Homemade Gifts from the Heart – Sometimes the best gifts you can give are those from the heart. They are always appreciated more than those from the wallet.
Recycled Christmas – “Sitting around the dinner table out at the farm last Thanksgiving, the subject of what to do about Christmas came up. … Everyone seemed completely unenthusiastic about engaging in another orgy of shopping and crowds and waste.” Read about what this family did!