Today is Cyber Monday. Cyber Monday is the Monday after Black Friday, and Black Friday is the day after Thanksgiving that marks the beginning of the madness of Christmas shopping. Cyber Monday is the largest day of ordering on line for the holidays.
Can you see a pattern? Both of these days are about SHOPPING. Our over-heated consumerism has turned Christmas into a mall marathon! And at the end of this marathon of madness we are exhausted and broke. No wonder January is known as the most depressing month of the year!
It doesn’t have to be this way. We can get off the treadmill. We don’t have to get sucked into this vortex of confusion and disappointment. Okay, how? First, focus on the central meaning of Christmas—the birth of Jesus. The main thing of Christmas is to experience the birth of Christ in your life—period! Nothing is more important than that! No gift—no matter how cool—can replace the significance of His presence in your life. So, can we agree to actually enjoy the holidays? Enjoy your friends and your family. Laugh and catch up on all of the stories. But focus on Jesus—His birth is what gives meaning to the rest of the year.