When God gave His only Son, He modeled the ultimate example of relational giving. What if we approach this Christmas season differently?

What if we conserve some of the resources we typically spend on material gifts and use them to make a bigger impact… by giving to someone in need and making memories with the ones we love?

Are we against gift giving? No way! (Your kids can breathe a sigh of relief now.) So, what does this mean for you and your family? It could mean just taking one gift out of the “must-have” list and simply enjoying the gift of spending time together.

It’s important to remember that when we choose to spend less on Christmas presents, it doesn’t mean that we love our friends and family any less.

For many of us, we’ve found that the creative, intentional gifts showcase our love, and perhaps God’s, more clearly than ever before.

Here are a few ideas of ways to intentionally use your finances this season:

  • Make a Christmas budget and stick to it. Don’t compare yourself to others – rather, pray and do what is best for your family.
  • It’s not just about the presents. How much are you spending on other Christmas activities (going out to eat, new outfits, wrapping paper, decorations, etc.)? Find one area in which you can cut back this year.
  • Don’t underestimate the gift of words. Take the time to write a heartfelt note to your co-worker, teacher or friend that you would have typically given a hurried small gift to.
  • Set a spending limit as a family. Let everyone have the same amount to spend on each other. You’ll be surprised at how creative your kids will get!
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What if we intentionally spend these four weeks of Advent in ways that make this Christmas more meaningful to us and to those around us?