Debbie McDaniel
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Debbie McDaniel is a pastor's wife, mom to 3 kids & 4 pets. She's probably drinking coffee right now, or eating chocolate. You can find her on Twitter: @debbmcdaniel and on her Facebook page for daily words of hope from God's Word.

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  1. Yay! Agreed! 🙂

    My husband and I watched a couple episodes of that new gameshow “Take It All” last week, and at the end of the second one I said “Y’know, I’m not so sure I want to watch this any more. It’s all about who can get the most stuff and turning people against each other. It’s greedy.” And a good many of the prizes were ridiculous, purposeless junk! My husband agreed. That’s not the kind of thing we want to let into our home. Especially around Christmas.

    I’ve been feeling very convicted about this in general. I think next year, we’re going to do Christmas differently. Less focus on gifts. More focus on what really matters.

    • I so agree about this show. It is the worst! I was sucked in by it one night last week and was so disgusted by the show, by my response to the show. Ugh! Last night, I intentionally turned the TV off before that show came on.

  2. I love this, it’s so sad that more people don’t realize this and get back to the basics. Parents are working, and some are working and going back to school and they’re running themselves ragged trying to do everything. There needs to be a return to simplicity where children receive 2 or 3 gifts each and give away things they don’t play with anymore that are almost new. They would appreciate things more, especially if they help others who don’t have as much.

    • thanks so much Bettie for sharing, it does so often seem that this most wonderful time of the year gets covered up in too much stress that many carry – thank you for that reminder.

  3. Amen! Well said!
    Another thing I really don’t like seeing is the advertisements on TV, that make you feel like you have to give a car, expensive jewelry, or the like to make other people happy! Really?
    Jesus admonition to Martha to not be anxious and bothered about many things is what I need to remember and focus-hard to do-on Jesus!

  4. A wonderful post! I have really been struggling with this myself this year. I have made an effort to bring more Jesus into Christmas at our house, but I keep feeling guilty for not getting my son MORE. It is ridiculous, really, he is still getting plenty.

    Thank you for this timely reminder. Jesus is the reason!

  5. AMEN! I REFUSE to let the world rob me of my Christmas joy. I refuse to let ME rob my joy. We don’t have kids yet, but patiently wait for one! So, as we wait, I have been meditating on what I want Christmas to look like with children. From in our home to parties to celebrating with the grandparents! I want my kids/family to experience peace during Christmas!

  6. Celebrating with hot chocolate, panettone, pictures, Wesley and my church family’s Christmas Dinner is my agenda for this year. No gifts, no shopping except a toy for Wesley, my eight-years old grandson. We lost a lot this 2012; we need a time to gain strength in love each other and enjoy the time together.

    • That sounds wonderfully “simple” & simply wonderful Marinalva – something I’m discovering is worth getting back to. The Lord bless you & your family in this new year ahead!

  7. I totally agree! I haven’t been to the mall in over 1+ years and that only for shoes.

    I have come to love/hate this time of year. It seems like right after Halloween–forget about Thanksgiving and a nice meal with family & friends–only Christmas & buy buy buy–get, get, get! My hubby and I put up a small “Charlie Brown” type tree with some ornaments on it. We have gifts around it for family, but nothing for each other. This year I adopted a Salvation Army Christmas Child & truly enjoyed shopping for him.

    As I get older, I believe in less is more. Less of this old yucky world & more of Jesus and the peace he brings!

    • Love what you’re doing Beth in adopting a Salvation Army Christmas child – that is awesome & so rewarding to give to others who really are in need. Bless you and yes, More of Jesus, agree!

    • Thanks so much my friend! Have been thinking of you & praying this past week, staying posted with you on your site – much love to you!

    • Mich, just read this & love what you wrote – so true, thank you for sharing! Often in this crazy life, we do have to be “intentional” about keeping our focus on what’s most important – HIM! Bless you girl!