The Christmas Spirit

I know it’s insanely early to have a post about the Christmas Spirit, but here it is.  I just sent off an email to the people that we normally exchange gifts with, proposing something different this year – a no spending Christmas.  My husband and I are hoping to bring Christmas back to a focus on family time instead of a stressful shopping time.  I’m hoping everyone I sent it to will agree, but I’ll find out what happened as email replies roll in.  I’m anticipating at least one person who will be an unhappy camper about it.  Here’s a copy of the email that we sent out to family and friends.  Hopefully it expressed the sentiments clearly enough!

<Christmas Email>

An Invitation This Christmas . . .

It’s the time of year to start thinking about the Christmas season again.  In our house we’ve been trying to bring the focus to what we enjoy most about the holidays – spending time with our friends and family.

So, we’d like to invite everyone to take part in a new family tradition this Christmas.  Instead of trying to go out and find the perfect gift, we would like to invite you to limit your spending to your time or your talents.  Ideally we would like to forgo the exchange of gifts and simply spend some time together this year.  The big seasonal gatherings are great opportunities to get caught up on everything that’s been happening throughout the year.  But, if you’d like to find some time to schedule a smaller gathering, we will gladly do what we can to find some time to enjoy your company!

If you feel as though you would still like to exchange a physical token of affection this Christmas season, we would encourage an exchange of talents.  This could be as simple as recipe cards for something to cook or bake, handmade ornaments or keepsakes, family photos, a thoughtful card or letter, or anything else you feel would be appropriate.

We hope that this tradition will help to keep our holiday costs down, focus on people instead of things, and fill our houses with memories instead of clutter.
</Christmas Email>


1 Comment

  1. Air said,

    November 13, 2008 at 7:55 pm

    I’m trying to convince my family of this too, but they resist. They just look at me sideways when I mention it.

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