Christmas is right around the corner and with that comes heavy shopping on the Internet or within your favorite retail stores all over the world! Sales adorn the windows of local shops; advertising the most popular gifts and must haves while radio stations and websites share interviews and articles on what to buy him or her this holiday season or what never to buy.
Tree lots are very busy with the tips of Balsams and Blue Spruce dancing back and forth amongst the crowd as people pick, choose and carry their evergreen to their cars. Then eagerly head home so they can begin decorating it with their family’s collection of store bought and hand made ornaments. Or many opt for the pick, cut and carry your own tree, which can be just as much fun but a bit more challenging as I have personally learned, the tree looks smaller in the forest than it does in your living room. Yes, I have had the Griswald experience and was covered in sap once the rope was cut and the branches were released…but that’s another story.
So, the tree is bought, the presents have been carefully chosen and are now wrapped and placed under the tree awaiting the arrival of that special day and the hands that will soon open them followed by squeals of joy and laughter and that famous line, “oh, you shouldn’t have!” This time of year is beautiful and filled with goodwill and taking care of others. Think about it, we’re constantly considering the needs and desires of other people as we choose the appropriate gift for them. We are planning surprises and can’t wait to see the looks on their faces once they open the gift we have so painstakingly sought out and purchased for them. It isn’t about us at this time, it’s about others and how we can bring them joy. Around Christmas time, folks have the opportunity to give back to those in need as well and are incredibly anxious to do so. The Salvation Angel Tree or Christmas assistance programs are in full swing, along with the Marines Toys for Tots programs, feeding programs and coat drives. Another wonderful way to give back and once again see joy on the face of someone who didn’t expect this wonderful gift but is so grateful for the gesture.
Christmas is about love and that is exemplified in the gifts we give one another, which most importantly includes the gift of Christ being born. Our presents to one another are wrapped in paper with ornate colors and designs but God’s gift to us is simply wrapped in love.
James 1:17, “Every good and perfect gift is from above, coming down from the Father of the heavenly lights, who does not change like shifting shadows.”