It all began with the statistic a pastor friend gave us. The average American spend $749 at Christmas. Source fact here, and there are 313 Million people in America. I am no mathematician, but I do know that is an exorbitant amount of money. Our pastor friend said that if the US used just 5% of what we spent in just the Christmas season it could end world hunger for that year, another 5% the water crisis. This was an exhausting realization. Jeremy and I could not change this on a large scale, or for our block for that matter. We could, however, change it for this family.
We decided to not spend much on Christmas. "Much" such a relative term, no? Well, each child will receive one gift and stocking-stuffers. This is a start of us as a family. Who knows, next year maybe we wont use slave labor from India or China (another post for another day) and buy all our gifts hand-made in the US, or make them ourselves!
Now enough of all the boring rhetoric, I promised a funny story, and here goes it: Jeremy has taken it upon himself to share this tidbit of knowledge with anyone that will listen. The other night while shopping for the stocking-stuffers we were in JCPenny, and Jeremy thought it'd be appropriate to share this with our check-out gal. He begins with, "What percentage do you think - ms.JCPenny sales lady - of what Americans spend on Christmas to end world hunger?" Being the intelligent Ms. JCPenny sales lady she is, she responded with, "by the tone of your voice I imagine it is a low percentage." To which Jeremy replied, "why yes it is. Say a number." Ms.JCP says, "I don't know, 1%?" Jeremy responds, "good job going low! You are probably the first to say a really low percentage. It is actually 5%." She responds with, "I believe it. Your purchase today comes to 54.60. Would you like to round your purchase up to $55.00 and donate to the Salvation Army?" Jeremy matter of factly replies, "no." To which I burst into laughter. Oh the irony of that whole exchange! Jeremy is a sharer of all things knowledge of world hunger, but wont donate! HAHAHA!! Talk is cheap!
We all walk away with a good laugh, even ms. JCP herself, and she also has a fact she may - or may not- do anything about.
Merry Christmas All!!
And because I hate posting without pictures, here are some festive shots: