Will You Really Spend “THAT” Much This Christmas?

Lea and I spent the day talking about the Black Friday deals we wish we could get. There were several things that caught our eye, but none were worth getting up at 3 a.m. on Friday to go get them. Seems like every year Lea and I talk about not spending “as much” on gifts as we did the previous year, but somehow it happens. This year we’ve briefly talked about taking the amount we spend on gifts and matching that amount in giving towards good places like Bread for a Hungry World.

I guess what bothers me is that even during what some call “hard” economic times, we’ll spend TONS of money on more things we can really live with out. For example … did you know that this year between Thanksgiving and Christmas, America will spend 470.4 billion dollars? Slow down and read that last sentence again … 470.4 billion!! Here’s the amazing part, that is 11 million dollars EVERY MINUTE from the beginning of Black Friday until Christmas Day. That’s STAGGERING.

And before you know it … December’s Christmas gifts quickly become 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.

Just as a good reminder …

  • While you’re shopping don’t complain about the price of gas, instead simply remember that only 10% of the people in the world own a car and you and I probably have more than just 1 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. Don’t forget 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 this week 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 AND THEN … make an effort to share some of what you have with some who are less fortunate.

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. Jessica says:

    Jesus was very smart-He had a wise Father! Thanks for this very timely reminder. Have a blessed Thanksgiving being thankful for our abundant blessings.

  2. Jeff LupPlace says:

    This reminds me of a thought I am working on for this coming up Sunday: it is called CHRISTmas not GIFTmas or CASHmas. It is about the greatest gift God so lovingly gave us. If we give gifts, do not be focused on the gift, but the love the gift was given with. Good thought Trey.

  3. Rick Morgan says:

    We give as much or more to missions as we give to our kids! Great investment!

  4. Amy O'Connor says:

    I am super tired of the commercialism. I was thinking about that just last night. It is exciting to watch the kids eyes light up as they open their gifts (which we always limit) but I am most excited about taking the kids down to the church to feed the homeless on Christmas Day. They really light up when they know they are serving God.

  5. Stachia says:

    For the last several years in place of a present that the kids will open I give them the money for that gift and we go to the store and they buy something to give to someone else. They get to chose who they will give their gift to and then they buy groceries, clothes, blankets, or whatever that person needs then we deliver the gift to that person or family.

    It has always been exciting to see the kids faces light up when they open a gift but seeing their faces as they buy baby food or clothes for someone else is even more exciting, then seeing their face when the person they give it to gives them a hug or a handshake and tells them thank you is absolutely the best. This has become our newest family tradition and the kids have already asked about where their gifts should go this year.

  6. Ed says:

    Well I just thank God that although many still go out and spend, spend, spend on Christmas, that there are an equal number of people that are aware of the poor family’s plight. It’s not easy, but we CAN change the world one soul at a time!

  7. Greg England says:

    I am feeling pretty good about having just one car, but otherwise you nailed me! Good thoughts. I knew about the billions we spend on storage units, but $11 million a minute between Thanksgiving and Christmas? That’s staggering.

    Thanks, again, Trey.

  8. Ian says:

    Hey Trey,

    Where did you get the spending statistics? In my research I haven’t seen those numbers, and I’d like to use them. The best estimates I’ve been able to verify are about $700 per person which equates to 218.8 billion or just over 5 million spent per minute.

    Great post.

    Thanks,

    Ian

  9. Kathy says:

    Hi! I agree with you – thanks for sharing. Honestly this could be related to our spending around the year – not just Christmas.

    Ths is a little off the wall, but recently I was talking with someone and we both agreed that we would be more likely to get visitors at our church if we didn’t dress up and just wore our street clothes, like they did in the first century church. And I can’t help but wonder how much $$$ we could save and use towards missions, helping the needy, outreach programs if we didn’t have to spend so much on church clothes. Just a random thought.

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