Tuesday, December 04, 2007

Introducing the "Top Ten Gifts That Give"



More so than ever, we at The Haffner Home have found that this year our distaste for "stuff" has reached new heights. Which might be an indirect way of saying we "want less." In fact, Amos would admit, he's downright upset at the notion of bringing home one more unecessary item in the next few weeks in the name of the Christmas spirit. Not because of a lack of appreciation over reciept of a loving gift, but because he doesn't need anything.

The Facts...

There are only two potential historys behind the reason for the season. One is the birth of Jesus Christ. One is the life and legacy of Saint Nicholas. Both of which relentlessly gave to those less fortunate. One of those guys even died for the cause.

Research tells us that if we make over $48k household income a year, that we're in the richest 1% of people in the world! Those things considered, Christmas is about giving to those less fortunate, which we have determined is not us. "Us" meaning that if you're reading this, you have a computer and therefore are rich...or at least employed by the rich.

We don't claim to be staking new ground with this topic. And, this is no War on Christmas, either. We're just feeling a bit more personally accountable to respond to the Christmas Consumption Mindset our culture seems to be promoting. Thankfully, others have gone before us in the effort. In the days to come, we'll outline our Top Ten Gifts That Give. So, here's to saving one less receipt, wearing "that" sweater Aunt Pollie gave you (but, only when she's in town) one less time, keeping one less crystal turtle in the closet for the next white elephant gift exchange and putting a bullet in Secret Santa's head...

Crystal would like to go on record in saying that the bullet-in-Secret-Santa's-head comment was 100% not her idea.

2 comments:

ellinghouse said...

I'm with you....

can't wait to see what you come up with. But be nice to Santa, please...

The Liller Family said...

Thank for the reminder - it's so easy to get swept up in the media frenzy of Christmas (and I hate that they call it Xmas sometimes). Less is already more for us this Christmas (thanks to Dave Ramsey's budgeting course), but giving to those less fortunate is a great way of receiving!!!