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Jesus Without The Junk: Failing to Grasp the Reason for the Season

By: Molly Painter

It’s that time of year again when we enjoy colored lights, artificial snow and shiny ornaments but unless we embody the real meaning of Christmas, we will find no pleasure in the upcoming weeks and will dread opening our mailboxes in January. I believe it is in our general nature to practice generosity this time of year but some unfortunately, turn into consumer monsters, whether the reason is guilt, the need to be overindulgent or just to be able to keep up with the Joneses.  Why some fall into the trappings this time of year tends to impose is a little beyond my understanding.  Why do some tend to lose the heart of what Christmas is all about and end up being manic and stressed out? 
The key point of Christmas Day, of course, is to celebrate when love came into this world and in turn, to give thanks and devotion to the Light of the world.  As we all know, the Magi brought gifts to the baby Jesus but somehow, we have turned this gift giving into one huge money pit for ourselves, and in some ways, Christmastime is more about materialism than anything else.
Perhaps the state of the economy will bring some back into focus the reason for the season.  Maybe some will be cured of some misguided attempts to satisfy instant gratification, guilt and shame.  You cannot overcome these things with a credit card.  Trying to find the biggest Christmas tree, frantically rushing through malls and agonizing over the “perfect gift” will steal your joy and these are just tactics used by Satan to throw you off track and keep everything about you stirred up but your spirit. Practice money smart spending habits this year and remember the difference between greed and need.  This really is the most wonderful time of the year and it is a most joyful time as well.  Do not forget what your priorities are and enjoy your family, think about giving to those in need and practice compassion. 
We all hope you have a very Merry Christmas this year!