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True Christmas/What have you done?

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?

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  • DEBBY4576
    There you go, being wise again. I think you had a very practical upbringing. When it comes to Christmas, my children did too. This year we are all too poor, so only the little ones are getting presents. It isn't about the presents, as you so aptly wrote. If we were giving Jesus a present, it would be our hearts, and our time.
    1933 days ago
    i'll hazard a guess that this dad's love language is gift-giving, and yours is quality time, or perhaps words of affirmation. we give in a way that speaks love to us.
    i appreciate your question about what are we giving to Jesus, since Christmas is celebrating His birth. He gave everything for us. i'm not comfortable talking about what i've given Him in such a public forum, but i do live and walk in a continual awareness that without His ultimate gift, i would be utterly destroyed.
    1934 days ago
    Actually it is prime time to step back an teach your kids about his birth as well. I like giving gifts that take time, thought and a little love. Really this season is about love and more then the gifts it is the time spent with friends and family that I look forward to the most.

    1934 days ago
    I think originally it was to honor Jesus's birth and the gift were small and mostly home made and then it just became commercial.
    1934 days ago
    If we really stop to think about it, we don't give him much,maybe a couple of hours on Sunday.
    1934 days ago
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