This Christmas season has already been a bit different for our family. As we prepare to move over seas it is forcing us to live differently. This year won’t be the typical Christmas we are used to, and to be honest we are really excited about that.
Of course we will continue doing some of our most loved family traditions (like cutting down a Christmas tree and decorating it) but we are excited to be intentionally avoiding getting more stuff this year.
Instead this year we decided to sell most of our possessions in order to help us on our move to Guatemala. It was actually a wonderful feeling to let go of things and realize that they didn’t possess us. We realized we don’t need a bunch of things to be happy. We have always believed this to be true, it’s just even more fun to begin living it.
We also haven’t asked for much for Christmas because we can only take the essentials with us. (Spoiler alert) We also have not bought a single present yet for anyone. Most of our gifts are things we already own that we can’t take with us. It really has drawn us deeper into the real story of Christmas. Our prayer this Christmas is to be like Jesus. To let go of all that we can claim as ours in order to give light unto the world. Philippians 2:5-6 says that we should have the same attitude that Jesus had. Though he was God, he did not think of equality with God as something to cling to but gave up his privileges for us.