I decided this year that I really don’t like the idea of Christmas lists. Santa Claus and letters to the North Pole are good and fine, but Christmas lists take the joy out of gift-giving.
Though I believe that Christmas should never be solely about the gifts, I recognize their contribution to the celebration of Christmas as a spiritual holiday.
It’s important that people give gifts for the right reasons.
The purpose of gift giving is to spread joy and show appreciation for people, in the same way that Jesus Christ did. Throwing a scrap of paper at a relative that says “iPhone 6, new computer, slippers” does not allow for that kind of appreciation.
We as people need to show appreciation not only to our loved ones, but also to those who cannot afford the small luxuries that most others do at Christmastime.
In doing this, we can:
1. Help kids continue to believe in Santa Claus. The world could use the happiness that he brings.
2. Make families feel appreciated, at LEAST once a year.
3. Give families small luxuries that they couldn’t otherwise afford, like flannel pajamas, hot chocolate, and scarves.
Still, I don’t disagree with buying gifts for people who can afford their own.
I have recently spent a lot of time away from my family, and bringing gifts home to them is a great way for me to say, “I love you, Merry Christmas.”
My friends and I back at school have decided to all exchange gifts upon returning for the spring semester, for no other reason than to say, “I love you, Merry Christmas.”
I didn’t ask anyone what they wanted for Christmas this year. Instead, I’ve been keeping an eye out everywhere I go for something that says, “I love you, Merry Christmas.”
It’s a lot more enjoyable to hear someone say, “How’d you know?” or “Wow, where’d you find this?” than it is to hear an expression of, “thanks for getting me exactly what I asked you for [but didn’t buy for myself because I knew you’d buy it for me].”
And so, from this day on, if someone asks me what I want for Christmas I will respond with a simple “whatever you want.” I will love any gift that I am given in the spirit of Christmas.
I hope that everyone has a wonderful Christmas and New Years filled with love.
Let us remember the greatness that is sharing laughs and making memories more than the act of buying gifts, and let us remember the reason why we come together for this holiday in the first place.
Let us give love in the name of Christ.
Merry Christmas 🙂