Sunday, December 06, 2009

Menu Plan Monday - December 6

I hope all of you had a great weekend and are now anticipating a busy holiday season. I have not even begun to Christmas shop and probably will not do much of it at all. Every year money is getting harder to come by.

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.


Taco Pizzas
Blackberry Smoothies


Italian Spaghetti Supper
Green Beans


Veggie Burgers for veggie boy, Jonathon
Macaroni Salad
Mixed Vegetables


Pizza & Pop


Roast Beef in crock pot
Potatoes & Carrots
Blackberry Cobbler


Oven-fried Chicken
Mashed Potatoes


On Your Own

Organizing Junkie has many links for great menu plans.


Rona's Home Page said...

Due to unemployment and underemployment there will be many families learning that lots of gifts aren't the meaning of Christmas.

Your menu look delicious.

SunshineofAutumnQuilts said...

I agree, I think Christmas will take on a renewed meaning this year. Not all a bad thing really. I enjoyed reading your post! I am personally hoping that I can get quilts made, but time wise just not sure I will get it done. Will see. I would like them to at least have that. Our focus we decided is the family meal. We all very much enjoy sitting at the table and eating what my children call a "FEAST"