"The weight of this world is heavy enough. It is better to live without self-imposed weights around your neck. If I am poor, let it be because the Lord ordained it and not because I was lazy or foolish. Bitterness, envy, strife, anger, lust— they all compete with our affections to our Savior, and the love of money or things is just another thing in that list."- Amy Scott
It's almost Christmas time, and I absolutely LOVE this time of the year. This season, however, will be much different for us in our household with the imminent arrival of our little one and the fact that we are now living off of one salary instead of two. Thus, though we both enjoy buying and giving lots of gifts to family and friends during Christmas time, this year's gift giving will be very creative and calculated. Neither Bryan nor I believe in going into debt to give... doesn't really make sense in the long run (yes, we did learn this the hard way our first Christmas).
Every year we have said we wanted to have a less commercialized, less materialistic Christmas, and it looks like this year, our financial situation will guide us towards this goal. Please don't misunderstand me... I am not bashing on anyone's love of giving and receiving gifts. I enjoy and appreciate this Christmas tradition. Just in the Cirlot household this year, some usual distractions for us have been divinely removed so that we can focus on the birth of Jesus, our Christ... maybe, we can celebrate the season a little more genuinely and wholeheartedly in a new and beautiful simplicity with less business. Maybe, as we embrace and love our own child, we will taste and see how good the Father was to send His own into our world one starry night.