Tuesday, December 20, 2011

Shopping Spree!

Yesterday we went to Atlanta to browse the fancy shmancy stores ;)
We hit up Lenox Mall, then Phipps Plaza.. and man. The price tags on the things we saw just blew my mind. And even more than that, the fact that people PAY those prices... blows. my. mind. 
It was so much fun to go through the fancy stores though. I loved being able to see the things I drool over on the internet in real life. (Tory Burch revas, I will ONE day own you.) 

Bloomingdale's is basically my new favorite department store. I could blow some serious money in their dress department... and shoe department... and every department for that matter.

Guess I should start playing the lottery, huh?

BUT, while looking at the amount of money people spend on these designer things it makes me really sit back and think about those less fortunate than us. Around the holiday season it's so easy to get wrapped up in buying gifts and making our "want" lists. (and believe me, I'm VERY guilty. My nickname is "I-wanna") The amount of money we spend on gifts, and the high dollar price tag of some of my "want" items could go towards helping someone who can't even afford a warm winter coat. It makes me feel guilty.

I didn't really care for last week's Glee episode, but the message overall was a great one and really applies to this post. We so easily get caught up in our busy, hectic lives (particularly during the Holiday season) and we need to take the time to slow down and give back to our communities. Even if it's as small as baking a plate of cookies to take to a homeless shelter or nursing home, sharing a little bit of Christmas with those who need it most is one of the best gifts we can possibly give. 

So as we approach Christmas on Sunday, and you rush to the stores to finish up your last minute shopping.. take a minute to think about something small you could possibly do for someone who may need a little pick-me-up this Christmas season. I guarantee it will brighten your holiday season just as much as it does theirs. :)


Julie said...

Love this post sweet girl! We sometimes tend to forget all the Blessings God gives us each and everyday. God Bless you and your family this Christmas!

Kristin said...

I couldn't agree more with this post! While the gifts you get are nice, I always think about the less fortunate. I try to slip a few dollars in the collection for the homeless and in high school, I bought so much stuff for a family my youth leadership class adopted. God bless you and your family this week! :)

Michelle said...

I love this sweet post! And you are definitely right - we may want that new coat, although we have how many already, while someone else truly needs it.

On a selfish note, I agree it's fun to see all those high dolla things, although I'd never pay that either! I have issues paying $80 for a pair of jeans at Buckle - although they really are the best-fitting.

Neely said...

We used to have a bloomingdales here but we dont now. Its funny how guilty I am too!

Sam {fitnessfoodandfaith.blogspot.com} said...

lovely words. i'm right there with you. it's far too easy to get so wrapped up in all the wanting.

Melanie said...

Great post!! Gosh..what a picture of the staircases and Christmas trees..beautiful! Your so right though..its the small things we take for granted that means so much to someone who has less. Always a good time to share with someone who is less fortunate!

Brittany said...

I am so guilty of this, too. Thank you for the reminder to make Christmas about Him & those around me, not me. Merry Christmas!

PS...gorgeous picture!

Sarah @ Scissors and a Whisk said...

I agree. It's so easy to get caught up in our "I want, I want, I want..." and forget about those less fortunate.

Matt and I started a tradition last year where we pick a child from the Salvation Army tree (usually at malls and walmart) and buy for them. We spend on that child what we'd spend on eachother. I feel SO incredibly blessed that I can do that for a child. The true meaning behind Christmas :)