This is sweet potato casserole with marshmallows on top and the huge white bowl behind me was full of clam dip. I quadrupled it.
I told everyone we were not buying gifts.
some girlfriends couldn't do it and they gave me presents.
My husband and I kept marveling at how happy we were over this Christmas. I can't say it was for sure avoiding the consumerism, but I think that was a big part of it. We did give our grandkids a few things they need like coffee, deodorant, toothbrushes; things college kids would like to save money on. We really celebrated life, people, and the birth of our Savior. it was a beautiful time. I was so relaxed. I just watched the shopping frenzy from a mental distance and told myself how many days until it would be over. The result of that decision was so peaceful. Our family was relieved not to have to buy us gifts. We were relieved not to have to buy a really LARGE amount of people even a small gift. It was great. Next year I am going to plan a more reasonable feast. Four pounds of butter is excessive even for the Danish. I am looking forward to the future holidays and how I can find even more ways to take the consumerism out, and put the joy back in. It was so worth it. Jesus is worth it all.