When the count down begins to Christmas what comes to mind? Do you think about the expense and how you will manage financially with all the things expected for gifts and food? Do you panic thinking you will not have enough time to get everything done? Are you distraught trying to work out how you can accommodate everyone so no one is left out.Just sit and think about the first Christmas and how none of these things were considered.
There is nothing wrong with giving gifts and in fact life would be very dull without gift giving. The wise men and shepherds brought the Christ child gifts. However they brought what they had. Maybe as we think of gifts we should consider what we already have. We can use our skills and materials that are accessible to us. We do not need to strive to have the most expensive, most trendy or the latest fad. It's the giving and receiving of gifts that is important.
How do we spend our time at Christmas. Well obviously this depends on our circumstances. Kids are off school and therefore a very family time for them. The build up and excitement of receiving gifts. It's really up to the parents where they place the emphasis because what they make Christmas is what each child will carry on through to adulthood when they then have their own Christmas. Therefore it's your choice if you want the focus on expensive gifts or celebrating the birth of Christ with token gifts but lots of fun together with friends/ family.
Unfortunately around the world there are many who do not receive gifts and are not in a position to give gifts either for various reasons. Those in poverty or in a war torn environment. Many children continue to suffer abuse just like any other day of the year. Many do not have basic needs for living and are suffering not even knowing what Christmas is about. They do not know that Christ is the greatest gift we can receive and some day for those who believe there will be no divisions but peace and comfort forever.
Wishing everyone a blessed Christmas and New Year but remember why we have Christmas, the true meaning for this holiday