A Christmas Pledge


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.



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