SPENDING TOO MUCH THIS CHRISTMAS

Did you know that this year between Thanksgiving and Christmas, America will spent, 470.4 billion dollars? 470.4 billion. Here’s the amazing part, that is 11 million dollars every minute from Black Friday until Christmas Day.
This is the time of year when everyone goes a little shopping crazy and buys a little too much, despite the fact that we’ve told ourselves, “I’m not going to over-spend this year.” Soon for many, December’s Christmas gifts are January’s payments.
I’m not against buying things, but I do think it’s wrong for us to go over-board. I’m bothered by commercials that make us feel guilty if we don’t buy EVERYONE a gift. I’m tired of the television telling us what we DON’T have, when we really have more than we already need.
Did you know…
  • While you’re shopping and complaining about the price of gas, just remember that only 10% of the people in the world own a car and we have 3 or 4 of them!

  • As Americans, every year we spend 12 billion dollars on storage facilities to store our extra worldly possessions that we don’t have room for. And remember that some people don’t even have a home!!!
  • Today when you ask, “Where are we going to eat?” or “When are we going to eat?” just remember that some in this world will ask, “Are we going to get to eat?” We’ll throw out more Thanksgiving leftovers today than many in this world will eat in an entire week. I am thankful that we’re not finding our food at a garbage dump today.
We are very blessed people and we are living in a blessed nation. It’s okay to shop this Christmas season and enjoy a season of giving and receiving, just don’t go over-board. Remind yourself this time of year just how blessed you really are.
It was Jesus who said in Luke 12:15, “a man’s life does not consist in the abundance of his possessions.” Jesus was so smart.

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I am a Christian husband and father, who moonlights as the minister for the church of Christ in Childress, Texas. My wife Lea and I have been married for 25 years. We are doing our best to raise our 4 boys, who are all growing up way too fast. Read 1182 articles by
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  1. Stoogelover says:

    Well said. We are spending much less this year on Christmas, including no gifts for each other. We figure the $$ we had to spend on the house this year is Christmas, Birthday, Anniversary, Mother's Day and Father's Day this time around.

  2. Cecelia Tanner says:

    Maybe you won't believe this, but I do very LITTLE shopping for Christmas. It BORES me and I want no part of it.
    What an excellent blog,Trey. Thank you.

  3. jamesbrett says:

    I think your message is a good (and realistic) one. Americans are going to continue spending money on Christmas, so let's try to be moderate and not go over-board in our purchasing.

    In light of the reality that we're not going to stop spending altogether, I wonder if there are other things we can do as Christians to keep us mindful of what's important in life and of others in need, and to help them?

    – agree to match what we spend on gifts, in giving to charities, homeless, etc? or even give a percentage of the total?

    – set limits on gift-spending within a group that buys for one another? and stick to them…

    – set those limits $5-10 lower this year, and use the money saved to help someone in need?

    – promote togetherness rather than buying by agreeing as a group to do something together in lieu of exchanging gifts?

    – commit to give away any of our current belongings that are replaced by new gifts this year? ie. clothing, an old game system, or a bike

    Anyway, just some ideas…

  4. Dr. Roger D. Butner says:

    Yet another poignant comment from Trey Morgan. I'm really looking forward to meeting you one of these days, brother! Check out my latest post – inspired in part by yours.

    http://hopeforyourfamily.com/2009/11/27/clark-griswold-is-an-amateur/

  5. Rodney Olsen says:

    Great post.

    If we're celebrating "Jesus' birthday" it would make sense to do it by honouring him.

    How do we give a gift to Jesus for his birthday? Maybe looking to Matthew 25 is a key. 'I tell you the truth, whatever you did for one of the least of these brothers of mine, you did for me.'

    Are we giving something to the 'least of these brothers' or only to those who are able to return a gift?

  6. eastern ky pastor says:

    Well, that drove it up! And here I was about to get in the Christmas Spirit. What do you have against the Baby Jesus? Don't you know the Magi gave Him gifts and we're supposed to give to each other because of that? Don't you have enough faith that God will supply all your needs, even when you spend like a maniac with credit cards? lol

    Actually, a really good way to give is to help Stuff Christians Like build 2 kindergartens in Vietnam, through Samaritans Purse. Check out http://stuffchristianslike.net/2009/11/this-cant-be-real/

  7. Janice Garrison says:

    You are right on Trey!

    I was listening to author Jason F. Wright the other day speaking of his current book “Christmas Jar”. The reader is encouraged to start a new tradition by putting their change in a jar each day throughout the year and then leave the jar full of change (anonymously) on someone’s doorstep. (Someone who really needs the help.
    )
    It seems too often we try to give in gifts what we should be giving of self. Oops, there I go again thinking out loud. :)

  8. Janice Garrison says:

    You are right on Trey!

    I was listening to author Jason F. Wright the other day speaking of his current book “Christmas Jar”. The reader is encouraged to start a new tradition by putting their change in a jar each day throughout the year and then leave the jar full of change (anonymously) on someone’s doorstep. (Someone who really needs the help.
    )
    It seems too often we try to give in gifts what we should be giving of self. Oops, there I go again thinking out loud. :)

  9. Terri L Tindall says:

    Thanks, Trey for reminding us that not everyone is as blessed as the people of the good ol' USA.

    Terri

  10. Katherine says:

    Have you heard of the "Advent Conspiracy"? If not, check it out here: http://www.adventconspiracy.org and especially the video here: http://tinyurl.com/44yhjs

    They talk about how Americans spend $450 billion on Christmas, and it would take $10 billion to give clean water to the world. Pretty astounding. They partner with Living Water International to help solve the water shortage.

    I do love picking out presents for the special people in my life; but over the last couple of years, I have tried to persuade people in giving money to an organization like this, buying a cow or another animal through something like World Vision or Heifer International, or donating to some other good cause. I am honestly not trying to brag, it has just come ever clear to me how much I have been blessed and how there is nothing I NEED, when these people literally wake up and wonder if food will come, if their child will live, if the water won't kill them which they just hiked a mile to fetch.

    I will admit that I am one of those who has added to the $12 million storage building surplus, as my stuff has been in there for several years. I plan on downsizing, though-it is amazing when you don't have much to live on, how much you realize you don't really need all you have. That is not an easy lesson and one I have not mastered yet, but am working on it.

    I am blessed beyond what I think I actually know. Thanks for sharing, Trey! Blessings~

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