Christmas has always been an interesting season for us. We used to do the hunt for the perfect gift, fight the crowds, say we’ll meet you at such and such a location when we’re done shopping for the other. But a few years ago, we just “snapped”… out of it.
We took a step back one Christmas and simply asked why are we doing this? As Christians we understood Christmas is about celebrating the greatest gift ever given and that is God giving us His Son Jesus. What gift could my wife or I give each other that could compare to that? So, we stopped gift giving and during the season we just asked each other if they had any needs or wants fulfilled. We would then take each other shopping for their need or want during the season. No more wrapping of presents just making sure the other one had what they needed and were happy. When we talk about our best Christmas moments, its about spending time with each other going out for eggnog lattes, attending candle lit Christmas Eve services at our church, and snuggling on our couch and drifting off to sleep while listening to the local radio station play Christmas music to the blinking lights on our Christmas tree.
This year we bought presents for our son and wrapped them to be placed under our Nativity Scene in the living room. He is receiving all the gifts this year, but the greatest gift we have is our family and my folks are visiting for the occasion. My gift this year will be enjoying the gifts God has given me a Savior and a family.
May you have a Merry Christmas this year and remember the simple things to be thankful for and that is the ones you love.