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A friend found Socrates eyeing merchandise in the marketplace. The friend asked why he was looking, since he never bought anything. Socrates said: "Because I am always amazed to see how many things there are that I don't need."


At Christmas, Christians need to develop a new discipline. As our celebration of Christ's birth is being stolen from us by this consumerist culture, why don’t Christians develop a discipline that asks, "What don't I need?" rather than "What do I want?" At Christmas, why don't Christians give off an attitude that celebrates wanting what we have rather than having more?

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