America is a massive consumer culture and that is never more apparent than at Christmas. We buy, buy, buy and then the gifts end up broken, unused, or returned. The focus is shifted from Christ, from love to consuming, selfishness.
Now, I am not saying don't buy any gifts or only give handmade. In our family we choose to give only three gifts (as many as Jesus received from the wisemen) that allow for creativity, open-ended play, family togetherness. Aside from satisfying everyone's gift desires we also try to buy from companies that benefit others like Give Jewelry or World Vision's gift catalog. Then as we give gifts to others we are helping those who have so little. It's a small way to live out our beliefs at Christmas.
So, maybe before you begin your shopping (or finish it) this cyber Monday check out Advent Conspiracy. The premise is simple....worship fully, spend less, give more, love all. Christmas can still be all that you want while still honoring the one who's birth we are celebrating.