I told myself that I wasn't going to post this.
I told myself that I wasn't going to show my readers how much I despise Black Friday.
I try to avoid social media and television as much as possible around the Thanksgiving holiday because I find the excessive consumerism grotesque and disturbing.
There is a disconnect and it grows at an alarming rate with each passing year.
Why do we feel that it is necessary to bless and already blessed nation?
I wrestle with this year after year.
On one hand, I thoroughly enjoy giving gifts to those I love. It's one of my love languages. I take great delight in watching the joy on the faces of my sons and my nieces and nephew as they open their gifts on Christmas morning.
To me- that is a gift in itself.
At the same time however, I struggle with the excess. Though we are a modest middle class family- living on one income, driving one car, dependent on hand-me-downs and the generosity of others... at times I still feel like we have too much stuff.
I am not here to condemn those who are out shopping at this very moment. I am not here to say that it is wrong to buy gifts for your loved ones this holiday season- because I plan to either buy or make gifts for my own family.
I am simply here to say that I, Megan Card, personally struggle with American consumerism.
And I know that I cannot possibly be the only one. I struggle to find the proper balance between blessing my family simply because I love them- and living out the missional lifestyle we see throughout Scripture.
How do you balance the Christmas conundrum?
Do you feel that American consumerism is a growing problem or do you error on the side of wanting to bless your loved ones by means of gift giving?
I'd love to hear your thoughts. Leave a comment below and let me know what you think.