No Presents This Christmas
Last year was the first time in my entire life that I had never received Christmas presents. When our family discussed this decision before Christmas Day I was completely fine with it. But the whole day felt empty, I kept feeling bad for myself and I was so upset that I didn’t get to open any presents. All of my friends were texting me about all of the great things they got and how happy they are about it. I realized how pathetic I was and how presents are the key ingredient to most peoples perfect Christmas.
This year I am not receiving presents again and I am very anxious to how the day plays out. I want to be around my family, play games and enjoy each other which to me should be the main concern of the day. I don’t want my holiday to revolve around such a materialistic attitude. I think that more families should try what my family has started because it gives Christmas a whole other meaning that I really appreciate as I reflect on my experience.
Buy Nothing Christmas is a national initiative started by Canadian Mennonites who offer a prophetic "no" to the patterns of over-consumption of middle-class North Americans. They are inviting Christians (and others) all over Canada to join a movement to de-commercialize Christmas and re-design a Christian lifestyle that is richer in meaning, smaller in impact upon the earth, and greater in giving to people less-privileged.