Here are some sobering facts:
- According to businessinsider.com, the average American will spend $704.18 on Christmas this year.
- $2.6 billion dollars will be spent on wrapping paper alone worldwide this year.
- According to consumerreports.org, Americans will spend an average of 42 hours buying, wrapping, and returning gifts.
- A recent poll showed that the average family spends 36 minutes together on any given week day and a little over two hours each day on the weekends.
I don’t know about you, but I’m ready for a change. I’m ready to return to the simplicity of the season. We’ve come a long way from the Christ-child born in a lowly manger to a multi-billion dollar holiday extravaganza. Let’s do things differently this year. Let’s make the most of Christmas. Here are three ways that my family is going to bring back simplicity and focus on our Savior this year, maybe your family would like to join us: