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What’s your reason for the season?

December 14, 2008
Season of...what exactly?

Season of...what exactly?

Everyone has their own answer and their own reasons, and the point of this post isn’t to tell you what mine is (you should hopefully already know) but to get you to take a second to think about it. We all get so wrapped up (pun intended) in buying presents and baking cookies and going to church and whatever else you do that we seem to be constantly forgetting why we’re doing it. So…why? No correct answer here, just take a few minutes to think about it this Christmas/holiday season.

And in that light, check out some thoughts that I found around the blogosphere that inspired me a little lot.

Check out the Advent Conspiracy. Their YouTube video is below, and it’s definitely worth a look (a little religious, yes, but a great message for anyone and everyone). It’s this crazy idea that maybe, just maybe, all that money that we throw away on Christmas presents (admit it, they’ll probably never use/read/watch/wear whatever you got them), why not spend it on your Christmas presence? Crazy idea, I know. But what if you invest your time and energy in someone instead of your wallet? Would they enjoy it? Would you enjoy it if they did the same for you? And then…what to do with all that money?

(h/t PresentationZen)

And as always, Margaret and Helen posted about just this exact topic this morning. It’s a great, quick read…very thought-provoking. Check out the post here. Here’s my favorite quote:

There are many reasons for the season.  One of them is peace on earth and good will to men.  How ’bout we work on that one?  It’s a tall order, and should keep us busy for quite a while.

And finally…my favorite part: a ridiculous Christmas video. If you haven’t seen this already, you should. It’ll bring a little holiday cheer.

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  1. December 14, 2008 2:34 pm

    My dad is foregoing his usual gifts to us and taking the whole family on a trip together instead this Christmas. There is a line in the Tao Te Ching that says “in family matters, be fully present” (paraphrasing). Presence is the best present. (Of course, I’m writing this while waiting in the car while my wife shops for Christmas presents.)

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