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TODAY’S HOT TOPIC: Why 45% of People Want to Skip Christmas This Year and Why They Can’t Afford To

Ladies, a recent survey conducted by Think Finance, a loan provider, revealed that 45% of people would rather skip Christmas altogether this year. Why? Because they just can’t afford it financially. How sad is that?

But isn’t it a bigger truth that these same people really can’t afford to skip Christmas? If we as Christians set Christmas aside just because we can’t afford to buy the presents, or because buying the presents will put us in debt, then haven’t we forgotten why we celebrate Christmas altogether?

Sure, the meaning of the season has been turned upside down because of commercialization. It’s pretty much taken the joy out of the celebrations. But Christmas is not about shopping and getting presents.

God speaks to us in many ways. Maybe there’s a reason for everyone’s hardship this year. Maybe He’s helping us refocus on the true essence of Christmas.

Maybe people should shop less every year, regardless of their finances. And maybe we should all expect less. Christmas is not about the gifts we give each other. It’s about celebrating God’s amazing gift to us. It’s about the birth of our Lord Jesus Christ. It’s about family and friends and giving back to those with a deeper need than ours. Isn’t it?

Do you believe that the stress of Christmas shopping, spending money and opening gifts takes away from the real true meaning of Christmas? And are you willing to receive less to get Christmas back?

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21 Comments

  1. thequietone

    Posted by thequietone on December 2, 2012 at 15:20

    This is so true and very sad!

  2. Project Inspired

    Posted by hugsnkisses0706 on December 2, 2012 at 13:10

    yup i agree!

  3. Project Inspired

    Posted by tjkonopka on December 1, 2012 at 07:09

    I don’t like Christmas because of the pagan origins. Yeshua’s birthday is not Dec 25. That is the birthday of a pagan god. Read Deuteronomy 12. I don’t judge you for what you do, but I personally do not like the holiday. Look into history and the Roman Empire.

    • Project Inspired

      Posted by hugsnkisses0706 on December 2, 2012 at 13:13

      i agree xmas is really not Jesus’s bday at all… it was origanilly a pagan god’s as well as easter… Roman Catholics just replaced it with Jesus to make it look good! but we do have to celebrate Jesus’s bday at some time, and to tell the truth no one REALLY knows when God’s bday was… so i celebrate xmas and center it on Jesus i just remember that God knows my heart and that it really isnt his exact bday…. cuz calendars were different back then and stuff!:D still love xmas tho!

  4. Project Inspired

    Posted by JazzBassistChick on November 30, 2012 at 19:48

    I really don’t like Christmas because I don’t have much to do. It’s a long, intense build up to Christmas morning. You open presents for 5 minutes, and then what? Personally, I much prefer going to church to celebrate Christ’s birth than opening presents. I feel sorry for my future kids in the way that I’m not the happiest, Christmas-cheery person. I’ll probably focus more on Advent and Christ than the presents.

  5. Project Inspired

    Posted by JesusInKorea2333 on November 30, 2012 at 17:04

    I understand what everyone is saying and I agree whole heartedly (even though Christmas was not originally a holiday celebrating the birth of Jesus; back in medieval times, it was a pagan holiday and the church tried to gain control of most, if not all the pagan holidays, to turn them into religious ones and came up with religious reasons to celebrate since no one was listening to the church’s warnings about turning away from God and doing the vile things they were doing). However, it is still very stressful for my family and I because we’ve always been poor. My parents have never succeeded at their dreams because they never put in the effort to do so and since my dad is already 56 and my mom 50, time is running out. That being said, they always get so depressed because they can barely even provide us with necessities, like enough clothes, shoes, and they even have a hard time stretching their cash for food. Their retirement money that they built up all these years is gone because my dad has helped 4 jobs move overseas in the past 11 years or so, and the last time he was unemployed was for 2 and a half years. So there’s no money for them to spend on us or family for Christmas and this makes them extremely depressed because they want to show us just how much they appreciate us and care about us and provide us with opportunities to follow our dreams and to succeed, but they can’t. And at this rate, they never will. It’s sad to say, but that’s the truth.
    I totally get why most people don’t want to have Christmas come around, because I don’t. Yeah, we celebrate Christmas to celebrate the birth of Jesus, but it’s a dual holiday too. And you can’t help but be jealous and depressed when everyone talks about how many presents they got and just how expensive they are and they ask you and all you can tell them is that you didn’t get anything this year. It’s truly sad.
    I’m just gonna end with saying don’t try to judge people’s hearts or their priorities when they say they don’t want Christmas to come around, because if you do, that’s probably because your families were able to give you things you wanted this year and about every year since you can remember, so you don’t fully understand what other people who don’t like Christmas anymore have gone through to make them feel that way. I’m not criticizing this article, but it makes it sound like we’re being ridiculous and don’t have our priorities straight for not liking Christmas. Just make sure that you’re not playing the “I’m holier than thou” role, because if you find yourself doing that, then that means you have some problems with your understanding and with your attitude.

    • HurricaneMurphGirl

      Posted by HurricaneMurphGirl on December 3, 2012 at 08:16

      I’m so sorry that your family is struggling right now! I know that money is tight for many people, as it is tight for my family as well. I remember the year when my dad was out of work, and my mom had her baby just before Christmas. It was a very stressful time, and that Christmas there weren’t many presents under the tree. With the help of our church and our Grandparents, we were able to make that Christmas special, and I remember being only slightly sad that I only got one or two small presents. I understood even at 8 that Christmas wasn’t about the presents, and I knew that money was short.

      I will definitely be praying for your family. I just wanted to let you know that you are not alone. I have been in your position, and I know what you’re going through. Don’t give up hope, because God is with you.

  6. olburrows

    Posted by olburrows on November 27, 2012 at 15:30

    I am willing to have less presents this year, because of our financial situation and other things, but also because there are things I honestly think were like gifts to me. Let’s remember why we should celebrate Christmas in the first place!

  7. Paris

    Posted by Paris on November 27, 2012 at 03:22

    This article speaks truth 100 %! 😀 Every Christmas,I always pray that I don’t EVER forget what Christmas means and for giving us the SAVIOR of the world,Jesus Christ.

  8. Project Inspired

    Posted by girlofgod on November 26, 2012 at 21:47

    I am a Christian and I don’t celebrate Christmas.

    Yes, you read that right.

    No, I’m not some part of weird, ritualistic cult, and I am not Jehovah’s Witness or Jewish. I love the Bible and Jesus, and I go to church every week.

    Christmas was never a Christian holiday. It was originally a pagan holiday celebrated by followers of the polytheistic Roman religion, and occurred when Romans celebrated their gods with singing, drunkedness, etc. It was later integrated and revived by the Catholic church (not trying to bash Catholics, but this is just what happened. I have Catholic friends and they are wonderful people) when world moved from paganism to Christianity. Even the traditions of holiday lights, the Christmas tree, and ornaments have root in pagan practices.

    I’m not trying to rant or convert anyone, but I do suggest that you Google “origins of Christmas” just so you know the full detailed story.

    • HurricaneMurphGirl

      Posted by HurricaneMurphGirl on December 2, 2012 at 09:55

      The Christmas tree itself was, as I believe, an turn-around from the pagan practices. It was designed to give people who all their life had been practicing these things (like worshiping trees) a frame-of-reference and some concept of God. The tree is evergreen and its leaves do not fall in the winter. Likewise, God’s love does not fall, and you cannot loose your salvation.

      And that’s just my interpretation on the whole thing. There are a lot of other things that we do on Christmas that line up with the Bible. Giving gifts like the wise men, putting a star on the tree like the star that led the wise men, candy canes shaped like the shepherd’s crooks, etc.

    • Project Inspired

      Posted by BreJoy123 on November 30, 2012 at 17:55

      Christmas is celebrated a Jesus’s birth since i dont think anyone really knows when exactly it was ?No the christmas trees and lights are not in the bible but mabey the lights to some people represent the northern star… I’m not trying to bash you but just because it was once a pagan holiday doesnt mean that it represents something bad now

  9. Lexi7

    Posted by Lexi7 on November 26, 2012 at 20:00

    When I was little, I never thought much about what Christmas was about. I just knew that Santa came to my house and we got to open presents and see that Santa ate the cookies and drank the milk. Now, it’s really easy for me to see that Christmas is about celebrating Jesus.
    My point is, all of the advertising, money stress, and wanting presents does take the true joy of Christmas from many peoples’ holiday season. People of all ages have some reason to think about everything except Jesus. If more people really put thought into it, they could easily recognize why Christmas exists.
    I would definitely be willing to receive less in order to bring Christmas back, with all of the joy of giving included! Because, Christmas isn’t about receiving, and it never was. Society just made it seem like that so people can make money. Think about it; why was Jesus born? It wasn’t so that we can all be rich. It was so that we can be saved. So that we can go to Heaven. So that there can be more joy in our lives that you can never get from money, riches, or fame. Jesus is that joy, so let’s all celebrate that! 🙂

  10. Project Inspired

    Posted by haley_nicole_4_Christ on November 26, 2012 at 17:52

    I would just like to say I don’t like that non-Christians celebrate Christmas. It’s a time for us to connect to God. There are people of many other religions who celebrate it. It’s not like we celebrate their religious holidays.

  11. jessicarose

    Posted by jessicarose on November 26, 2012 at 16:57

    This is so good! In fact, last year my siblings and I told our our that we really didn’t want anything for Christmas from her. Now obviously, since she’s our mom they felt obligated to get us something but instead of individual gifts she paid for all of us older kids to go up to Big Bear the week after Christmas and we could each bring a friend. It was so good especially since Big Bear is so gorgeous and absolutely the perfect place to have some one-on-one time with Jesus and really celebrate and give thanks for the real meaning of Christmas. And this year all of my siblings and I are planning a special gift to give to our mom from all of us. And I am so excited!

  12. Abby4Him

    Posted by Abby4Him on November 26, 2012 at 14:39

    I think we need to find the real reason for the season

  13. HurricaneMurphGirl

    Posted by HurricaneMurphGirl on November 26, 2012 at 12:24

    I definitely agree that the Christmas Holiday is getting less and less “Christ” every year. (I really hate it when people write X-Mas…) Too much stress is put on gift-giving, and not enough on Christ. He’s is truly the reason for the season. If we didn’t have Christmas, we really couldn’t have Easter. And if there was no Easter, there would be no hope.

    However, I don’t think that means you have to totally abandon the tradition of giving gifts. Giving presents is a nice way to show people how much we care, and it harkens back to the wise men giving gifts of gold, frankincense, and myrrh to the newborn baby Jesus. But that doesn’t mean you have to spend tons of money on gifts! I’ve had several years where there weren’t very many presents under the Christmas tree because of budget. Most of those gifts were fairly inexpensive, and many were handmade. Those Christmases were still special.

    So guys, just because you’re short on money doesn’t mean you have to skip Christmas. It doesn’t even mean that you have to skip gift giving! And it certainly doesn’t mean that this Christmas won’t be special. If you’re tight on money, try giving out little handmade coupons for things like hugs, or help on cleaning, or a little date to sodas. Those little gifts will be appreciated all the more because they came straight from you!

  14. Project Inspired

    Posted by morgi on November 26, 2012 at 12:18

    wow, I totally agree with this article!

  15. Project Inspired

    Posted by TaylorAlyssa998 on November 26, 2012 at 08:01

    cool

    • Dee

      Posted by Dee on November 26, 2012 at 10:14

      I think that if we live like we’re oblivious to the outside world’s hustle, they’ll wonder why we’re so happy, and we can tell them. If you can’t afford something, okay, then don’t buy it. Gifts don’t have to be big, or EXACTLY what people want, buy something that you think they will enjoy, but is within your means. It’s not really that hard. I can buy for 7 people with $30. And I have, for years. Now that I’m babysitting, I’m able to afford a bit more, but I haven’t used more, because I don’t need to. I don’t find Christmas stressful, though a lot of people around me seem to. I think some people tend to blow the stress level sky-high by trying to buy the perfect gift, and that’s why people’s wallets have such a hard time supporting it. Our gift giving is about remembering what God gave to us, and his is the only perfect gift. That’s why we give money to the bell ringers, not because their bell ringing is pretty, but because it’s a time to help others where we can. Not because we feel like we have to, but because we want to show others love. THAT’S what God did 2000+ years ago, when he sent His Son, Jesus. Christmas is wonderful and beautiful. It is about new birth and hope and promise. It is about mercy and grace and love. It is revolutionary. It is not supposed to be stressful or hurried. It is a time to enjoy showing others love, and receiving it. If you really can’t afford gifts, okay. But don’t make a big deal out of it. Do something else for others. Printer paper isn’t to crazy expensive. Buy yourself a pack of it, and make people Christmas cards. Tell someone you love them at a random but appropriate moment. Spend some extra time with someone you know is having a hard time this season. Offer to carry stuff for someone. (Girls or elderly folks only, guys wouldn’t appreciate that much.) Work extra hard on your school work. If you can afford a large tub of candy canes, then take them to church, and set them next to the door (open, with a note saying to take one). Smile a lot. There are so many gifts that you can offer, that you don’t have to buy. And it’s fun when you surprise someone with a random act of kindness. 🙂

      • YoucatMarie

        Posted by YoucatMarie on November 27, 2012 at 19:31

        And I feel sad that some people label themselves “Christians”, and say “…but we only go to church on Christmas Eve and Easter”, the two biggest Christian feasts that seen to be PILED with commercialism! (which is also why one of my favorite Christmas specials is A Charlie Brown Christmas, but for somewhat obvious reasons).