I love Christmas time. Girl Ninja, however, REALLY REALLY REALLY loves Christmas time. It’s fascinating how Christmas cheer infects society. Is it just me or do people, in general, seem nicer and more friendly from late November to early January? Why can’t we be not-douchey all the time?.
With holiday travels, gift buying, time off from work, and hopefully plenty of entertainment and socializing with your loved ones; costs can add up quick… Like quicker than Kim Kardashian’s marriage to Kris Humphries.
This year Girl Ninja and I are buying gifts for about 15 people. Not because we feel like we have to. Not because these people are expecting gifts from us. But because we enjoy getting gifts for people.
As I was surfing Facebook the other day, I saw someone had posted the following image…
Instant guilt trip.
While I didn’t participate in (or blog about) Black Friday, I can’t help but be impacted by the picture above. Truth is, none of the gifts we’ll be buying this Christmas season are necessary. How can we buy a $30 shirt for someone from Nordstrom, but not think about someone, somewhere, that doesn’t even have a shirt?
We love Jesus too much, and know what he said about helping those in need, to just ignore such a big problem. Reality is, a lot of people will go without this holiday. Without clothes. Without food. Without shelter. Without a family.
While we still want to buy fun gifts for our family and friends, we don’t want to lose sight of what Christmas is all about (sounds cheesy to say, but it really is true).
That’s why, this year, we’ve decided to implement a matching system. Every dollar we spend on friends and family, will be matched with an equal contribution to a family, person, or organization in need.
How simple, yet satisfying, is that? If I buy a $100 pair of jeans for Girl Ninja, we will buy 5 pairs of $20 jeans for a local women’s shelter. If we spend $150 getting my family gifts, we’ll donate $150 to Charity Water so clean water can be brought to people in Africa. If Girl Ninja gets me that unicorn I’ve always wanted, we’ll sponsor a local family and make sure they have the best Christmas they’ve ever had.
HOW FUN (and easy) IS THAT?!
Giving money away is the best reminder that nothing we have is really ours. We are simply stewards of the resources the Big Man upstairs has given us. We’d be fools to think that we’ve earned the lifestyle and luxuries we’ve been afforded. Christian or not, there is no denying it feels good helping those in need.
Do you participate in any type of extra giving during the holiday season? Sponsor a family or a kid? Volunteer at a local shelter?