Tis the season to be jolly and also the season to overspend and overindulge. We here at G'Life are trying to wrestle with our impulses and keep our consumption down this year. We do not want to go into debt trying to impress people we do not even like.
However, why are those impulses so strong? Why the admonition from Jesus that you cannot serve both God and Mammon (spirit of money...I know another teaching for another time)? Maybe our first G'Life Educational Ministry teaching will help. It is a documentary on Edward Bernays--the Father of Spin and nephew to Sigmund Freud. Bernays was one of the first to take Freud findings and use them in a practical way and from this we have what we now call Public Relations, Crisis Management, and the way we interpret advertising. We suggest that you take a look at this four part series and see where your struggle for "stuff" comes from.
Check it out here