Wednesday, December 05, 2012
I had a conversation the other day about Christmas and gift giving. My friend's mom feels that they go overboard with giving my friend Christmas presents. Her dad doesn't feel that way. He said he didn't have anything when he was young and he never wants any of his children to know what that's like. The thing is she is not a child anymore. She is a few months older than me. The situation isn't as simple as just scaling back. Christmas also happens to be her birthday. The whole conversation began when her mom asked me if my family does a lot of gifts for Christmas. I told her that gifts are more for children than they are for adults & Christmas is NOT about gifts. Her mom agreed with me & talked to my friend's dad a little bit about it but he didn't think that they went overboard. I felt a little awkward being there while that conversation was happening but I was just being honest. I love that I don't value stuff in that way. I love celebrating Christmas by listening to Christmas music, watching movies, being with my family and decorating the tree. There is so much more to Christmas than material items.
The conversation made me think about the whole idea of gift giving. Why do we give each other gifts? What did we do to deserve them? It's not (most) of our birth dates.
So, if you celebrate Christmas, I have a question for you. What have YOU DONE for Jesus this year? What were your gifts to him? We are celebrating HIS birth, so isn't this a fair question?