I forgot to post last night about the recipient of the Macy's gift card. I was really touched to read all the comments about what you're doing to embrace the real reason for the season. Many of you mentioned the great charities you support. And several of you talked about doing things as simple as lighting advent candles, reading scripture, or baking Jesus a birthday cake which are all terrific ideas for remembering why we celebrate Christmas.
Here is the comment I chose randomly. They'll receive the $20 Macy's card and an additional $20 for their favorite charity.
We read a lot of scripture & talk up how Christmas is about the birth of Jesus, NOT about Santa & getting stuff. We tell the kids how we give each other gifts to honor Jesus birth & celebrate him. We teach the kids about the real St Nick & let them know that Santa is just a man dressed up in a costume like at haloween. But we also tell them to pretend along with the other kids to make sure we don't ruin the magic for anyone else :)I wish we could do Angel Tree &/or Christmas Child but our finances have not allowed for that for several years. I can't wait until next year when I can work & we might be able participate in these again - I have sorely missed it!
Thank you to everyone for leaving your comments! They were heartwarming to read. :)