Savings Day – Need Gifts? No Money?
Are you out of money but still have more gifts to give?
There’s nothing like waiting ‘til the last minute to buy Christmas gifts. I’ve done it for years in the past and have fond memories of shopping that way, but it can be exhausting, stressful and expensive. How about giving without spending money? With a little creativity, you can bless others. For example: Do you have plants? Cut and give starts in a vase or mason jar tied with a ribbon! Got flour, sugar, milk and eggs? Bake something great! Have a pen and paper? Write a note affirming someone you care about. What about china, jewelry, or heirlooms? They’ll remind people of your love! Got time? Then extend the gift of hospitality. Too many classic books? Read to someone or give a favorite with a note inside. The list goes on, but you get the idea.
Just ask God to reveal how you can make people in your life feel loved especially if your budget is tight. Children may expect gifts because their friends are getting them. You can make them feel more special by investing time and attention. Speak affirmation into their hearts. Put away your phone, ask questions, listen well, and give them eye contact. Guard your family from materialism and social media. They’ll rob you of your peace and create anxiety. Instead, focus this season on the Lord. Read His Word. Listen to it. Sing hymns and spend time in fellowship with other believers. Knowing the Lord is the greatest gift you’ll ever know. So share Him with others, and it won’t cost you a dime.
Holiday spending can lead to credit card debt. If you’re struggling to make payments, I recommend Christian Credit Counselors. They’ll create a debt management plan just for you. For more information call the Crown Helpline 800-722-1976 or visit online at crown.org/ccc.