Either Christmas Eve or Christmas morning many will gather around the tree and distribute and exchange gifts. Someone has the responsibility of identifying the recipient and calling out the name or all will simply grab and keep or hand off
Gift Exchange Either Christmas Eve or Christmas morning many will gather around the tree and distribute and exchange gifts. Someone has the responsibility of identifying the recipient and calling out the name or all will simply grab and keep or hand off. When the paper settles and the loot displayed, each will then examine each gift more fully. The conclusion will come, I really like this gift or I didn’t want this. Happiness or disappointment? And so it is with the original gift. The original gift was the birth of Jesus, who is our Messiah/Christ/Savior. Father gave us the Son, the Son gave us forgiveness and forgiveness gave us the Holy Spirit. This is the gift giving that was celebrated by Nicolas, and others. Recognizing that humanity was poor and wretched spiritually, God gave us the gift of forgiveness, which if we accepted we gave our willingness to change. They gave the poor and wretched of their community Earthly gifts as a symbol of and display of God’s heart in them. They intended it to honor God by being anonymous, but were eventually discovered. This kind, innocent and Christian gesture has been mutilated and distorted so that today the focus is on toys and trinkets, bonus’s and parties, influence and bribery. At best - Christ is given a glancing nod, and often so that we might receive a gift from Him, if He really exists. More and more it’s a chore to attend Christmas Eve service, after all there is so much to do! And many that do attend see it as an obligation to someone in a Christmas pageant or in order to display the proper image. Honoring, thanking and praising Christ for His divine and most gracious gift is relegated to an, Oh yeah, that too. The actual purpose for those early Christians, who were ostracized, persecuted and even murdered for exchanging gifts with God, was announced by the Angels to the Shepherds, “Peace on Earth and good will toward man”. God was expressing His good will toward man and offering peace to those who would exchange the gifts. Our Christian ancestors welcomed and appreciated the gift, they liked it so much that many died in the exchange. If we accept the offer, we are restored in our relationship with God. This gives us His favor, guidance and ability to become a saint prepared for an immortal life in eternity, The Kingdom of God, heaven. It means everything that occurs in this world in our lives will work out for good, even what we might consider tragedies. We are to seek first and foremost the Kingdom of God and all we need will be given to us. Instead of focusing on the temporary, temporal, the moment, we live for our eternal rewards. Not our fleeting pleasures. So what do you say! Do you want a real Christmas or the imitation? I say accept God’s forgiveness and the new life He offers you and give Him your will. Exchange gifts with God and become the best you there ever could be, then you’ll truly have a Merry Christmas!