In my last post before Christmas I want to remind everyone who reads my blog about what Christmas is about.

Regardless of the date accuracy of Christmas, or traditions that make the holiday, we have chosen this season to commemorate the birth of Jesus.

The story of Christmas is one of hope, promise and a love that is revolutionary and cannot be comprehended.

We all continue to miss that point sometimes. A season that we once took to celebrate the birth of Jesus has now turned into a season of stress. We sit in traffic jams, shop our time away every weekend, drive ourselves mad trying to make it to every party. We make want lists for Santa, and rush through the holiday season like a flying reindeer on steroids.

Then January comes. What was supposed to be a season of joy will now turn into a year’s worth of debt. Some of us will still be paying off Christmas 2009 in December 2010. We will look at the bill and wonder why? We will wonder if that was really worth it. So we missed the point of Christmas, and have debt that will be looming for the rest of the year. Is that what Christmas is all about?

What if this year December were different, what if we gave this Christmas away? What if we focused on what it really was about?

“GIVING pays the highest interest rate, and has the longest term, of any investment available.” - Jeffrey Wilson
“Oh, for the good old days when people would stop Christmas shopping when they ran out of money.” - Dave Ramsey
"Blessed is the season which engages the whole world in a conspiracy of love!" -Hamilton Wright Mabie
"The way you spend Christmas is far more important than how much." -Henry David Thoreau

The warmth of Christmas, which is love. The belief in Christmas, which is truth. The all of Christmas, which is Christ.” –Wilda English

A good conscience is a continual Christmas” –Benjamin Franklin

“I have always thought of Christmas time as a good time; a kind, forgiving, charitable, pleasant time; the only time I know of in the long calendar of the year, when men and women seem by one consent to open their shut-up hearts freely.” -Charles Dickens