This past month Jeff and I thought and prayed about how to celebrate the birth of our Lord and Savior. Typically we, as most of the world, buy gifts for everyone and spread ourselves very thin. We attend every work, school, neighborhood and church function to eat sausage balls and spinach dip and play dirty santa with $5 gifts that no one in their right mind would even want. We usually spend way more money than we even have by way of the satanic credit card and for what? Is this really how Jesus would want us to Glorify Him? This year we would have been considered the Grinch family I guess. We attended very few parties and only bought what we could afford and only bought for a few people. It has taken us 15 years together of finally discovering that, yes, you can still have a nice holiday without all of the hooplah the world throws at you. We had a really nice time reflecting on how Jesus must have entered into this world and what a wonderful gift He is to our family. Our new year was pretty much the same with little money spent. We were invited to the home of the Gatlins and had the best time ever. I will guarantee we had just as much fun, if not more, than the richest person in Time Square watching the ball drop. We only had about $25 worth of bottle rockets and roman candles and ate soup and sat out in a field in middle Mississippi. I guess this past year, God taught me much but I will come into 2012 learning that the really important stuff doesn't cost a dime.