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.