I’m sure many people have their Christmas shopping completed (and for those who don’t, you only have two more days!). I for one don’t like crowds, so I avoid Black Friday like the plague (no pun intended) and try to do my shopping in October or November.
While the children in our families will get the traditional gifts of toys this year, we decided to take a different approach with the adults. Money has been really tight this year for a number of reasons, and, so, we decided to give homemade goodies only to grandparents, aunts, uncles, and cousins. Cookies, fudge, and homemade goody mixes have all been made and wrapped for Christmas giving. It did take more time than shopping, but the feeling of giving something homemade is nice (and it saves money!).
When I think back to that first Christmas, I remember that the first Christmas gift was also something that couldn’t be bought in a store. The Bible tells us of people giving young Jesus gifts, but what those people probably didn’t realize was that Jesus Himself was the greatest gift of all. Later, He would pay the price for our sins by dying on the cross, and the gift of salvation that He provides is free to all who ask. May we take time to reflect this busy Christmas season on the most wondrous Christmas Present of all.