Christmas Day is drawing near. It is not only a day for rejoicing, celebrating and being with family, but also a day for exchanging gifts.
Many look down on gift giving, saying it makes the day commercial. But, when we read history, we find it not only is the greatest day of the year but, at its origin, it was a day for giving.
First and most important, it was the greatest day because God gave us his son, Jesus Christ. The only day that could surpass it is the day Christ arose from the dead after being crucified. Gifts of gold, frankincense and myrrh were brought to the Christ child lying in a manger on that day of his birth so long ago.
So, gift giving is not wrong, but maybe it is sometimes what we give or the reasons we give. Why not give a devotional, a cross necklace for women and girls and a cross tie pin for the men on your gift list; maybe an angel or a small statue of Christ rather than one of Santa Claus?
Why not gifts of food or clothing to those who cannot afford to purchase the necessities? These gifts could keep someone from being hungry or from being cold for the lack of clothing.
Or, perhaps it could be a day for expressing love to those dear to you.
If the day can be spent in enjoyment with your family, this in itself is a gift, a gift of love that costs you nothing. If family is too far away for a get-together, make the telephone ring or sit down at the computer and email.
The rejoicing can begin on Christmas Eve by attending church and being reminded of what we have been given; by enjoying this gift by spreading it to others.
Christmas is the day God gave us his son who is full of grace and who gives us faith. All we need to give in return is our love.