The Twelve Days of Christmas

On the 1st Day of Christmas

Christmas Day…the remembrance of a Savior born to us on Christmas morn and/or the day Santa has slid down the chimney leaving stockings and gifts galore. It’s the day depicted in the movies as the one where the girl gets the boy, Scrooge has a change of heart, George Bailey realizes his worth and all is set right with the world for a day.

On the 2nd Day of Christmas

Also known as Boxing Day in the United Kingdom or St. Stephens Day for those steeped in church history. It is a day to remember the less fortunate. For us we use it as a day to purge and box up any unwanted items or to finally deal with those boxes that have been piling up in the garage. Ideally we would donate these items to a charity in need of clothing and/or books, but a great many things also goes to a local thrift store that serves as an extension of a worthwhile charity. Regardless of where our boxes end up it’s an opportunity for our family to reflect on the excess of what we have, renew a focus on living with less, evaluate the difference between our wants and our needs, and try to be better stewards of our resources and the earth.

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