One of the things I love about marriage is the giving of gifts, especially at Christmas. It got me thinking about gifts and how crazy we can all get at this time of year. Christmas is certainly not about expensive things and it’s not even about things. The true meaning of Christmas is marveling at the birth of our Lord who was born in order to die for our sins. That was the ultimate gift from God. Also, on a lesser note, there were the wise men and others who brought gifts to the baby Jesus. So I get where the gift thing came from. But gifting has become such an ugly ritual at times when it is disconnected from the true meaning of Christmas. In our gift giving to our spouses, children, family and friends, let us give in love. Let us not overspend. Let us cut back, not out of selfishness or greed, but out of deep respect for our Lord. Let us make and bake. Let us give of our time. Let us give to the poor. Let us give small practical things that people need. Let us enjoy giving things our loved ones want, within reason. And let us feel the warmth in our hearts as we contemplate the son of our God, sleeping in a humble manger in the hay.
#191: Giving Gifts October 31, 2011