We live in a world obsessed with technology, complex toys and dolls (some of which can do obscene things), expensive coffee makers for that wide awake morning or to transform us into a peaceful relaxed mood. Advertising is rampant on television and newspapers are heavy from the inserts.
Somewhere along the way, most of us have forgotten the true meaning of Christmas. The stores are flooded with shoppers looking for just the right gift, one that will match the perceived expectations of the season. We are passing on a very disturbing pattern for our children. What is it going to look like when they have children? We are already carrying the largest personal debt load in history. What will it look like in the future?
Some of the most memorable and valuable gifts do not cost money. It might be a visit from someone special in your life, perhaps a loved one coming home for the holidays. Children’s school concerts can bring tears to family members at this time of year. For me it was words in a card from a friend.
To those with limited income who see the abundance around them at this time of year it must be difficult, especially for those with children. It was heartwarming recently to see teenagers putting money into the Salvation Army kettle and parents teaching their children the value of giving by letting them put the money in the kettle and explaining the purpose. Delivering the hampers to those in need this Christmas was a gift to both the recipient and me.
Remember on Christmas morning when your child set aside the present and played with the box? We should have taken notes because the gift is what life is wrapped in.
May the gift of Christmas fill you with joy and happiness!