A Christmas Reminder
The other night we watched “A Charlie Brown Christmas” with our young daughter. It was the first time we had sat down and watched it ourselves since we were kids. I wanted to share the Linus monolouge explaining the true meaning of Christmas for those of you who like us hadn’t seen this for years.
It is kind of amazing to think that somehow we have gone from this to our current culture. Somewhere along the way, Christmas has gone from a day celebrating the birth of Jesus to a retail holiday season that starts for many even before Thanksgiving. Somehow it has become about getting the best deals on the hottest toys, the biggest T.V., the newest IPhone, or fancy clothes, shoes or purses.
I would encourage everyone who hasn’t watched “A Charlie Brown Christmas” to sit down and watch it this year. It doesn’t even matter if you celebrate Christmas. If you substitute the words financial independence for Christmas, the message is really the same one that we often share on this blog.
Many people struggle to remember the true meaning of Christmas, as simple as it is. Likewise, many people struggle on their path to financial independence.
Finding the true meaning of Christmas and achieving financial independence are each ultimately about blocking out all of the commercial garbage. It is about ignoring peer pressure and finding truth rather than following the herd. It is realizing what is truly important and then having the convictions to act on those beliefs, even if it goes against what everyone else is doing.
If you haven’t watched “A Charlie Brown Christmas” for a while, give it another look this year. You may just learn, or at least be reminded of, something pretty important like we were.
Do you get caught up in the hype and commercialism that has taken over Christmas? Do you have any ideas or traditions to remind you of the true meaning of Christmas? Do you agree that commercialism has creeped into every part of our lives? Share your thoughts below.