- According to the American Consumer Credit Council, the average American will spend a whopping $791 on Christmas this year.
- Most of what will be purchased for this year’s Christmas will go on a credit card.
- The average American will carry credit card debt of $8562 by the end of the year.
STOP feeling like you need to compete with friends and family to get the biggest, best or most thoughtful present! QUIT blowing more than you can afford because you feel guilty if you don’t! And NEVER hide your spending from your spouse.
Tony Campolo, one of my favorite speakers, said this recently… “The typical size of an American house has increased 40 percent in the last 25 years. It’s not because we’re having more children; we’re having fewer children! We need bigger and bigger houses simply to hold all the stuff we don’t need. What’s even worse is that we’re renting out space in storage bins because we can’t contain all the stuff we have in the huge houses we have at our disposal. It has become an insane society as far as surplus is concerned.”
Better yet, my most favorite speaker of all time said this, “Do not store up for yourselves treasures on earth, where moth and rust destroy, and where thieves break in and steal. But store up for yourselves treasures in heaven, where moth and rust do not destroy, and where thieves do not break in and steal.” (Matthew 6:19-20).
Just a quick reminder, in case you forgot … LIFE (and Christmas too) isn’t about stuff, and it isn’t about what you buy or what you get. Life IS about God, family, relationships, love, helping others, compassion and faith.
Don’t forget this month what the really important things are!
(Comment of the Day: Larry Bob Lane said…
This is the time of year that we celebrate our Lord’s birthday. I have some great gift ideas that won’t require a credit card. Go say Merry Christmas to all the shut-ins, homeless, orphans,and all you single parents out there. Not to forget those that are stuck in a nursing home. Merry Christmas to all and may God bless you. I care about you.See, that did not cost me a dime.)