Are you feeling like there is too much consumerism in Christmas?  Are you worried Christmas has become too much about the presents and not enough about Jesus?  If so, you are not alone.

Let me first start out by saying, once again, Christmas is what we make it.  Yes, Christmas has been overrun with consumerism and the like, but it does not have to be that way for our families.  We can celebrate the birth of Jesus and still have our Christmas trees and presents…yes, I said presents.

Why do we give gifts at Christmas?

One of the reasons Christians started giving gifts at Christmas time was to remember the gifts the Three Wise Men gave Jesus.

Those gifts were:

 Frankincense: a perfume used in Jewish worship.  As a gift, it showed that the                    world would one day all worship Jesus;

Gold: a gift for kings, fitting for the King of Kings;

Myrrh: a perfume used to make dead bodies smell better.  As a gift, it showed that Jesus would one day suffer and die.

Now that I am older and in a different place in my walk with our Lord, I have gotten a new perspective on gift-giving.  In most cases, I look to find a gift that honors that person.  I try to find or make something I know will mean something to do them.  I will admit I do not like lists.  I don’t like it when family members or friends give each other a few items to choose from.  I think it means more and honors someone when you find that one special gift.  Now that being said, there are exceptions.  For me, it is my little nephews (1 &3).  Having three girls, I do not know much about boys.  I have to ask for parental help.  Furthermore, at their ages, I tend to look just for gifts that will make them happy.  As they grow older, I will go deeper into meaningful gifts.

So, if we are celebrating Jesus’ birthday, why are we the ones getting gifts?  I would say that the main reason we give gifts at Christmas is to emulate God.  After all, God gave us the greatest gift, Jesus Christ.

JOHN 3:16-17 (NEW INTERNATIONAL VERSION)

“For God so loved the world that he gave his one and only Son, that whoever believes in him shall not perish but have eternal life. For God did not send his Son into the world to condemn the world, but to save the world through him.

We should be emulating God all year, however, this Christmas season should magnify such actions.  Yes, it is perfectly fine to give gifts and honor our loved ones, but we can’t forget about the lost, widowed, orphaned, and hungry.  What better gift to Jesus, the birthday boy, to honor the least of these?

MATTHEW 25:40 (NEW INTERNATIONAL VERSION)

“The King will reply, ‘I tell you the truth, whatever you did for one of the least of these brothers of mine, you did for me.”

Brothers and sister, please hear me out.  It is a testimony to our faith in how we help the less fortunate.  Yes, there are many organizations out there helping during this season, but I want to encourage you to look for those who may have fallen through the cracks.  Look for people Christ puts in your path.  I encourage us to take a step of faith, step out of the boat, and be the hands and feet of Christ this Christmas season.

Join us next time as we discuss Santa Claus….should we or should we not.

Be Blessed and Be a Blessing,

Missy Baroff