Combine that with a desire to teach our children that giving presents to people (and receiving them) at Christmas really is not in the Bible. Yes, God gave us the greatest Gift of all when He gave us a Savior, Jesus Christ. Yes, the wise men gave gifts to the Christ child. But where does it state that we must give gifts to each other at Christmas?
I have been researching the Puritans in America for two years and there's something I find interesting about them. They had devout faith in the Lord, yet they did not celebrate Christmas. In fact, they thought it to be a pagan ritual that the Catholics (whom they called papists) performed.
Here's what I think about presents. I believe we're to give of ourselves each and every day - and I don't mean whip out a credit card to pay for it and then forget about it. I mean GIVE time, love, and compassion to someone else. Often the giving is to include presents of clothing, food and shelter.
I'm not boycotting Christmas - not even close! I still celebrate but I won't go in debt for it.
Speaking of food, here's my week's menu plan. Two of my children helped to plan it. You'll notice it includes many desserts. I don't know if I'll actually get all of them made but the kids can dream.
Italian Spaghetti Supper
Veggie Burgers for veggie boy, Jonathon
Pizza & Pop
Roast Beef in crock pot
Potatoes & Carrots
On Your Own
Organizing Junkie has many links for great menu plans.