Whatever good or bad things you may hear about Christmas, it can’t take away from the true meaning – LOVE. Christmas is a celebration of Jesus’ birth, the one many people believe is the messiah who spreads love and peace in all the world.
Why do we give presents on Christmas?
To celebrate, we have many traditions, such as having Christmas trees, spending time with family and those we love and care most about, and for many people … PRESENTS!
Don’t you think it’s funny the way our society takes a once wholesome, loving ritual and turns it something commercial until it eventually loses it’s true meaning? I wonder how many people even know why we give gifts on Christmas? Well, let me tell you! When Jesus was born, three wise men came to visit him. They followed a star from afar to give him gifts.
So think about this for a second. Nobody can hear you or read your mind. Just be honest and ask yourself if you ever really think about the reason behind gift giving. Is it something you do because you’re expected to do it or because you truly want to celebrate and honor Jesus’ birth?
Surely there are many people who think about whether or not it truly matters who this Jesus is. They’ve never met him. So why would they really care about whether or not today is his birthday?
For those who are religious, believe in Jesus Christ or just have the fear of God in them, Christmas and the tradition of gift giving is a must.
Religion has a funny way of turning us into the people we are. It might be the hope that motivates us, the faith that gives us hope, or the comfort as a result of faith that helps us get keep going. Whatever the reasons we trust religion enough to drive us to participate in silly traditions like gift giving, we know that somehow it could include the possibility of having lost a significant amount of our hard earned money for random, sometimes useless gift exchanges.
What does the spirit of gift giving mean to you?
As a parent, I appreciate Christmas gift giving simply for the pleasure of watching my kid open his presents. Seeing the excitement and look on his face when he opens a gift, thinking he’d obviously been good that year, because Santa gave him exactly what he asked for.
I also enjoy gift giving when I know I’ve put a lot of thought into someone’s gift. Just like watching my son get excited, watching someone else I love open a present they didn’t think they could have, is something truly special. Christmas alone can make us all feel warm and friendly, but receiving a beautiful, amazing gift makes it even more special.
Sure, I can find ways to be more thrifty and reduce my expenses during the holidays, but somehow it just seems a lot more fun to give gifts that will be used and enjoyed. Wouldn’t it also feel better if the money you spent is being put to good use? You might think differently based on your own financial status, but for me, I enjoy giving well cherished gifts to the ones I really care about.
The Christmas presents damage control
Christmas is now officially over and there’s just one more rest day. I sit for a moment, thinking about the mess I’m going to have to clean up from all the hustle and bustle of Christmas and perhaps, just perhaps I can start to go through my receipt of expenses to work out my damage … or not.