A Christmas Pledge
I believe that Christmas is the joyful celebration of the birth of Jesus Christ. Therefore, I commit myself to celebrate it in a way that is faithful to its meaning.
Jesus is a radically free person; he came to liberate others. Therefore:
I will examine my motives for celebrating Christmas.
I will not spend money to impress others.
I will avoid doing anything to oblige others to spend on me.
I will not engage in excess of eating, drinking, partying or anything
that will reduce the freedom of myself or others.
Jesus respects all life; he came that we might have life in its fullness. Therefore:
I will give gifts and do activities only if they enhance life - for myself and for others.
I will avoid gifts that are gadgets, made by complicated, energy-consuming processes that excessively pollute the environment.
I will choose gifts that rely on the involvement, energy and ingenuity of the recipient.
I will avoid buying items made by exploited workers whose land and labor are sacrificed to tempt my consumer appetites.
I will question the source of consumer goods before I buy.
Jesus cares about all people; he came to involve himself with others. Therefore:
I will celebrate Christmas by sharing of myself more than of my property.
I will give gifts of service which involve my time, my work, my spoken and written word, my art, my song, my presence - and other things that are not objects - whenever possible.
I will use some of my time to visit family, friends and those who have less, hurt more or who have been forgotten.
I will choose gifts that involve me and/or the recipient in their creation and use.