Tuesday, January 13, 2009

Children, Christmas, and Materialism

I enjoyed this blogger’s reflections on children, Christmas, and materialism. Although he doesn’t write from a Christian perspective, some of his ideas are worth pondering. He bemoans the happiness that is associated with consumer products, and he presents some ways to counteract it. He writes:

I won’t encourage my children to ask for anything for gifts. This discourages obsessing over Christmas lists and the like. Instead, I’ll just focus on paying attention to them – what are their interests? What are they passionate about? This requires more footwork, but it also stymies a focus on consumerism.

Interesting. I’d never thought about how Christmas lists might encourage consumerism.

{Photo from Martha}

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