Monday, December 31, 2007

A Christmas Trend

I've noticed a relatively new trend, especially among young families, that seems to have picked up steam this year. I've talked to many moms, especially those with young children, who opted for a very simple, low-key Christmas celebration that gave them time to enjoy their families and spend time on what's truly important.

I know many people who have come to dread the holidays because of all the chaos, spending, busy-ness, and stress it brings. I've heard some of them say, "I just can't wait for Christmas to be over." This relaxed approach seems to be an answer to that kind of Christmas pressure...The pendulum seems to be swinging the other way. I love Christmas as much as anyone, but it seems the younger generation is seeing that when expectations and traditions stop being fun and become burdensome, it's time to try something new.

What about you? Have you noticed this trend?

1 comment:

Jen said...

It seems to me that perhaps the Lord is leading many Christian families towards beautiful simplicity. There is such emptiness is the commercial, in the extravagant. Not to say we should not celebrate, but that the celebration should reflect what we are celebrating; a humble birth to a poor couple and the glorious riches contained within His tiny frame that far surpass any sort of twinkling, dazzling trinket we might find on earth. I think the Lord is reminding us that true riches are yet to be seen and they await us in heaven.
But, that's just me...;)