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{originally published in 2012}

 

Every year around Thanksgiving and Christmas time, a peculiar thing happens. In the secular world, advertisements for shopping deals become as numerous as political adds in an election year. We are told about this deal and that deal and how we need to “hurry in” before the sale ends. Crazy schedule planning ensues amongst all of the holiday parties and stress abounds. Moms everywhere are running a million different directions.

In the Christian world,  an even more peculiar thing happens. If you watch your Facebook or Twitter feed between Thanksgiving and Christmas, you will notice an array of posts about “keeping the true meaning of Christmas.” One post talks about how evil it is to have a Christmas tree. Another post will mention that the best way to keep the meaning of Christmas is to give your children only 3 gifts, just like the 3 Kings gave Jesus 3 gifts. You will probably find at least 2 or 3 blog posts that talk about how their family decided to stop giving gifts at Christmas. This family will talk about how free they feel each year to celebrate what is truly important. And don’t forget the debates about saying Merry Christmas vs. Happy Holidays.

If you are like me, between the chaos of all of the advertisements that tell me to “Shop, spend, shop!” and the Christian blog posts that tell me to “remember the real reason for the season and quit being so selfish!” you end up feeling like nothing you do this holiday season is right.

This year, I’m putting an end to it. While I think it is healthy to examine how my family does Christmas, and make sure we are making a bigger deal out of Jesus than presents, I need a break from all of the tips well meaning Christian bloggers and Tweeters put out there. I really do want to spend this holiday season being thankful for who God is, and what He is doing on this earth, and I want to celebrate His birth with my family and friends. The more I read about what I’m doing WRONG with Thanksgiving and Christmas, the more I think about myself, and the less I think about Jesus. 

This year I’m signing off of Facebook, Twitter and Pinterest from Thanksgiving until December 26.

Whew. I said it! Lots of people sign off during Lent but I decided that this year, I wanted a break from knowing what everyone else is doing during the holidays. Don’t get me wrong. I LOVE to keep up with people and hear what is going on in their lives. I will miss it! But between Thanksgiving and Christmas I think it will be easier for me to focus on the true meaning of the season by turning off all of the voices that come into my head via Facebook and Twitter feeds. Before you call the psychiatrist on me, know that my husband is a Biblical counselor and he happily approves of my plan to get rid of the social media voices that are always present in my mind. :)

My hope is that I will have lots more intentional time with my kids this holiday season. I won’t be able to check Facebook and Twitter all day.  Moms, as we all know, we can end up spending a lot of time staring at our screens while our children beg to read us a book, or show us their latest creation. I hope that I will be able to do some activities centered around the meaning of Thanksgiving and Christmas with my kids. And I will have to do an old-fashioned Google search rather than looking on Pinterest!! Gasp! Wish me luck readers. I’m excited about this venture and a little nervous.

From one social media addict to another, Happy Holidays!!! (What? I’m covering my bases for Happy Thanksgiving and Merry Christmas.)

Julie Masson no longer spends her days living life on a seminary campus. But she is striving daily, along with her husband to thrive, not just survive in this graduate school life phase. It\\’s no easy task with 3 small children. However God continues to mold her and provide ample opportunities to put Grace Based Parenting into action. Julie is passionate about helping others see the people of the world through eyes of Grace and she does this by working part time at The Upstream Collective a group that helps churches think and act as a missionary.

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  1. Suzanne says:

    Not me! I will be in Facebook, Twitter and other places, sharing love, hope, Scripture, and other things through social media with people I know, many that I don’t know, and some I will come to know! Why do so many Christians judge social media as if it’s different from other forms other social interaction? Why do Christians judge so much, period? There are lots of ways to spend time, invest time and waste time.

  2. Dawn says:

    That is great decision :) I hear what you are saying that for you, right now, being “out of the loop” is a good thing and I commend you for it! I am thinking I may have to come up with my own game plan for this holiday season!!!

  3. Ashley Ditto says:

    I completely agree with you. I am ready to do the same. Social media takes up so much time and effort when it could be used on our families who need it most. Love this post, and your words. so amazing!

  4. Julie says:

    Thanks for the comments everyone!

    @Suzanne I am very thankful that you will be able to share truth and love at this time of year. That is great. However for me, and my relationship with Christ, I need a break from my other online relationships for a time so I can refocus during this season. I am looking forward to it!

    @Dawn and Ashley-if you do it-good luck! I am handing over my iPad on Wednesday evening before I go to bed and letting my husband change my passwords to Facebook, Twitter and Pinterest. I hope I don’t become so pathetic that I beg him to tell me the new password!! :)

    @Everyone-keep reading the Family Matters blog this season! I plan on doing it the old fashioned way: typing in http://www.familymatters.net into my web browser

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