Happy December truth-seekers! Enjoy this guest post today by my friend Lindsey Bell. If you are looking for a great gift for the moms in your life for Christmas, check out her book,Searching for Sanity. Also, Lindsey is offering a mega-book giveaway on her blog this month! Just read below for details. Hope y'all have a merry first day of December!

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My kids have been working on their Christmas lists for about three months now. My five-year-old, in particular, has an especially long list of things he thinks he needs.

Though I’m not entirely sure what I’m going to purchase for him this year for Christmas, I have decided on 3 things he won’t be getting.

3 Things Our Kids DON’T Need This Christmas:

1. A Lot of Stuff.

Our kids don’t need a lot of stuff. My guess is, your kids are a lot like mine. They play with a few toys on a regular basis, but many of the toys they thought they had to have sit untouched most of the time.

More stuff is not going to make our kids happy. What will make them happy, though, is more of us and more of Jesus. THAT is what I want to give my kids this Christmas.

2. An Abundance of Activities.

Last year, I planned a new activity each day in December for my kids. Though we enjoyed these activities, I also found myself longing for down time. We spent so much time doing, that I missed just being with them.

This December, we will still do some Christmas activities…but we won’t do as many. Instead, we’ll save time for…

Enjoying a fire in the fireplace Cuddling under a blanket to warm cold fingers and toes Reading too many books to count Baking goodies together Watching Christmas movies

My days will be slower this month than they were last year, but they’ll also be fuller.

I’ll catch more smiles because I won’t be too rushed to miss them. I’ll embrace more hugs, because I’ll be near enough to my kids they can reach me. And I’ll enjoy more moments, because they won’t fly by so quickly.

3. Everything They Ask For

My children won’t be getting everything on their lists for a few reasons. The first reason is simply because we can’t afford to buy them everything on their lists.

The second reason is because they need to know why we celebrate. We don’t celebrate Christmas for us. We celebrate Christmas for Jesus.

We don’t celebrate to get everything we want but to remember the one who gave us all we need.

If I buy my children everything they ask for, they will likely come to believe Christmas is about them…instead of about Jesus.

I’d love to hear from you. What things are you NOT giving your kids this Christmas?

About Lindsey Bell: Lindsey Bell is the author of Searching for Sanity: 52 Insights from the Parents of the Bible. She’s also a stay-at-home mother of two, minister’s wife, avid reader, and chocolate lover. You can find Lindsey online at any of the following locations: Her blog: www.lindsey-bell.com Her website: www.lindseymbell.com Twitter: www.twitter.com/LindseyMBell Facebook: www.facebook.com/AuthorLindseyBell Pinterest: www.pinterest.com/LindseyMBell01

About Searching for Sanity: Have you ever looked at your beloved children and wondered, what in the world am I doing? Why did God trust me—of all people—to raise them?

Motherhood is the most difficult job many of us will ever take. Searching for Sanity offers moms an opportunity to take a breath, dig into the Word, and learn from parents of the past. In short devotions designed for busy moms, this book uses the parents of the Bible—both the good and the bad—to inspire today’s mothers.

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