With three little girls it can really be hard for me to not get caught up in all of the commercialism...er...
materialism (let's call it what it is, shall we?) of Christmas.
It's especially hard when I'm in the States and I think of all the things we won't be able to buy once we are back in India. I'm really tempted to buy a lot of stuff. And that's exactly what it is - stuff (which my junior high school English teacher always informed us could be defined as dryer lint).
As parents, we decided a couple years ago to limit our gifts to three. Three gifts for each little one. We've found that this really helps us stick to a budget and not over indulge in exuberant amounts of stuff-collecting.
It also brings us back to Jesus. Just like the wise men brought three gifts to Jesus. The three gifts remind us the true reason for our celebrating at Christmas.
And I think (and hope and pray) it will make an impact on the hearts of the little girls sleeping soundly downstairs, in Nana and Poppy's guestroom. They'll learn that Jesus is our treasure.
What do you do for gift-giving to keep your focus on Christ at Christmas?