Monday, November 15, 2010

Christmas Shopping

I love getting formed in Christ!

This year, I got inspired by the Holy Spirit to completely reverse my gift giving strategy. I just bought the "hardest to please" difficult people on my list FIRST with money from my husband's November paycheck.

I'm also spending money this month to get beautiful holy Holiday Cards this year. I'm even creating extra special pre-printed Spiritual Bouquet cards for all the priests and religious in our lives.

I told God that this year, for the first time, I'm not going to worry about my FOUR kids Christmas gifts. My own kids will get the last minute Target run with whatever money is left over from my grocery budget on December 23.

I just figured out finally that my kids are easy to please. They are with me all the time. They get almost everything they want every day. They've got Jesus in their heart already during this Christmas season.

I'd like to use most of our limited holiday budget to bring gifts of LOVE to other lonely people this year.

(In the past I've obsessed over buying my kids gifts first and then use the money left over to buy really lame other "obligation" gifts for other friends and family members.)

St. Nicholas, please pray for us!


  1. I love the idea of buying the hardest gifts first and sharing love with the most lonely. That is exactly what I needed to hear since my husband and I are on a limited budget and I'm stressing about shopping a little. Thank you!

    I've been reading your blog for about a month now and I want to thank you for sharing your personal stories. Your attitude during and post NICU has been really inspiring and has put a lot of things in my life into perspective. Keep writing!

  2. This is a really good idea! I've already been stressing over the pricey gifts that my girls are asking for (and not getting!) and trying to find something else they'll get excited about. But buying for the other people in our lives first is something I've never really considered. Thanks!

    And ditto the above comment about reading your blog. Thank you for sharing your stories!

  3. Great ideas!
    I am planning to purchese lots of Mystic Monk Coffee this year!
    The Monks are trying to raise big money for a beautiful new Abbey!

  4. I love your blog! My mom goes seriously overboard with gifts for the grandkids (and can ill afford it). I've tried for years to get her to scale down. Well, this year the rubber has hit the road and she told me, sadly, that she can only afford one gift per child. I was thrilled! And I told her, you know Mom, Jesus only got THREE gifts for Christmas. She really laughed at that and it made her feel better. Because it's true!

    We are blessed with abundance in this country and I am sometimes ashamed at all the STUFF we have.