Since Christmas is my favorite holiday I love reading about others Christmas traditions. This year, however, it hasn’t been that fun. I have really been bothered by all the debating about “gift giving”. I do realize that some people do things differently and you know what? That is OK! There are no rules on how you celebrate Jesus’ Birth.
Here some of the debates that I have read:
- You should only give 4 gifts. Something to wear, something to read, something you need and something you want.
- You should only give 3 gifts. That’s how many Jesus got. Right?
- You should not give gifts. It isn’t your birthday.
- You should give lots of gifts. (the people on this one just seemed to love to give)
- You should only give through service. Helping others.
I am wondering while I am reading these heated debates…. “Where is your Christmas Spirit”! Christmas isn’t a time to tear each other apart about how many gifts we give or even how we choose to celebrate. Some give their gifts on Christmas Eve, some on Christmas Day, and some give a gift each day throughout the season.
Here are my thoughts on gifts and Christmas:
One of the main reasons we have the custom of giving and receiving presents at Christmas, is to remind us of the presents given to Jesus by the Wise Men: Frankincense, Gold and Myrrh. We give to each other because God gave us the best gift of all. Christmas is a season of sharing, giving, loving, and helping.
How we celebrate Jesus’ Birth:
In our home we do give gifts, however, the gifts are not the main focus. While yes shopping or gift giving for each other is fun, it also lets that person know you took time out to think of them and them only. It doesn’t have to be store bought. It can be homemade. It can be their favorite treat or snack, it can be a picture you drew, or even a blanket you made. I loved when my older children were little they would find little things in the house and make me the most beautiful gift. I didn’t always know what it was ((grinning here)) but I knew it came from their little hearts.
Another way we celebrate Jesus’ birth is by cooking, baking, and spending time together as a family. We play games, sing, and talk. I will make a Birthday Cake for Jesus so all the children can understand that Christmas is really about the Birth of Jesus. Jesus is the gift God gave to us.
Well, that’s it! Again, I would like to wish you and your family a Merry Christmas!!! Feel free to share your Christmas traditions, blessing, or thoughts below and help others get into the Christmas spirit!
Mat 1:18 – 2:14
Now the birth of Jesus Christ was as follows: After His mother Mary was betrothed to Joseph, before they came together, she was found with child of the Holy Spirit. Then Joseph her husband, being a just man, and not wanting to make her a public example, was minded to put her away secretly. But while he thought about these things, behold, an angel of the Lord appeared to him in a dream, saying, “Joseph, son of David, do not be afraid to take to you Mary your wife, for that which is conceived in her is of the Holy Spirit. And she will bring forth a Son, and you shall call His name JESUS, for He will save His people from their sins.”
So all this was done that it might be fulfilled which was spoken by the Lord through the prophet, saying: “Behold, the virgin shall be with child, and bear a Son, and they shall call His name Immanuel,” which is translated, “God with us.”
Then Joseph, being aroused from sleep, did as the angel of the Lord commanded him and took to him his wife, and did not know her till she had brought forth her firstborn Son. And he called His name JESUS.
Now after Jesus was born in Bethlehem of Judea in the days of Herod the king, behold, wise men from the East came to Jerusalem, saying, “Where is He who has been born King of the Jews? For we have seen His star in the East and have come to worship Him.”
When Herod the king heard this, he was troubled, and all Jerusalem with him. 4 And when he had gathered all the chief priests and scribes of the people together, he inquired of them where the Christ was to be born.
So they said to him, “In Bethlehem of Judea, for thus it is written by the prophet:But you, Bethlehem, in the land of Judah, Are not the least among the rulers of Judah; For out of you shall come a Ruler, Who will shepherd My people Israel.’ ”
Then Herod, when he had secretly called the wise men, determined from them what time the star appeared. And he sent them to Bethlehem and said, “Go and search carefully for the young Child, and when you have found Him, bring back word to me, that I may come and worship Him also.”
When they heard the king, they departed; and behold, the star which they had seen in the East went before them, till it came and stood over where the young Child was. When they saw the star, they rejoiced with exceedingly great joy. And when they had come into the house, they saw the young Child with Mary His mother, and fell down and worshiped Him. And when they had opened their treasures, they presented gifts to Him: gold, frankincense, and myrrh.
Then, being divinely warned in a dream that they should not return to Herod, they departed for their own country another way.
Now when they had departed, behold, an angel of the Lord appeared to Joseph in a dream, saying, “Arise, take the young Child and His mother, flee to Egypt, and stay there until I bring you word; for Herod will seek the young Child to destroy Him.” When he arose, he took the young Child and His mother by night and departed for Egypt.