Stop buying so much stuff.

You know those clever sayings on magnets and wall-hangings? Things like Laugh Often or Dance Like No One Is Watching and other cringe-worthy inspirational sayings? Well this time of year another sort invariably crops up:

“One more ‘Deck the halls’ and Rudolph gets it”


“Ho ho…go to hell”

While I can’t stomach the inspirational mush on my own walls, I can appreciate their sentiment. The anti-Christmas ones just get my dander up.

Why all the hate on about Christmas? Too commercialized? Too busy? Too many obligations? Too much baking? Way too expensive to enjoy? Well guess what… Christmas is what you make it! You really can have an enjoyable Christmas. It’s simple:

Too commercialized? Stop buying stuff!

Too busy? Stay home!

Too many obligations? Say no!

Too much baking? Hit the bakery!

Way too expensive? Seriously. Just stop buying so much stuff.

We are not a church-going family. This is the first year Sylvia is aware there’s a tree in the living room and that Santa and his reindeer exist, so I’m trying to find a balance between the fun Christmas fantasies (Santa, reindeer, stockings, etc.) and the solemnity of Christmas (birth of Christ, kindness and generosity). Over-buying presents and tinsel doesn’t fit into my idea of either. (Although I do like to bake).

Hating Christmas for the trappings of your own making isn’t going to make your holiday any better. Start cutting out the less important things and soon you’ll have no room for anti-Christmas sayings, and way more opportunity for joy.


5 responses to “Stop buying so much stuff.

  1. Laura

    You are dead on and interestingly I am saying exactly or pretty much the same thing in my sermon today. People wear themselves out doing things they don’t need to do and then blame the world for their tiredness. They need to find the courage to live life as they know they should and then everything will be fine. Hope Sylvia is living in a House of wooden santas.


    • Thanks, Baxter, I was looking forward to your comment. Sadly we don’t have a copy of House of Wooden Santas with us, but there are daily readings of The Grinch…

  2. The Grinch! I love the Grinch. Best cartoon everrrr.

    Meanwhile I must turn off the computer to finish packing for our holiday road trip, which will consist of skiing, skiing, and seeing friends (and a small bit of family, ha). We’re doing it right this year 🙂

    Enjoy your holidays – I know you will.

    • The Grinch! Best book everrrrr….

      I like your definition of doing it right on Christmas – whatever works! Skiing is in our future too: been snowing here nonstop for 36 hours! Merry Christmas 🙂

  3. Okay, I know, books > movies. And it was a book first. And the book is awesome. But something about the cartoon grinch sliding around the Christmas tree like a snake just kills me every time.

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