Last night, the children wrapped the gifts they had picked out for each other. I did the complicated folding parts but they picked out the wrapping paper, applied the tape, added the perfect bow and addressed the gift tag themselves.
This is the first year the children have picked out gifts for others in the family. They have delivered hand-made cards and goodies to neighbors, nursing homes and police stations in years past, but this was their first opportunity to shop for their family for the perfect gift.
It was captivating to listen to each child talk about why the gift they were wrapping was going to be so special to the recipient. Each present was lovingly wrapped and such care was taken to pick out the perfect bow and special gift tag. So much care in each gift and so much anticipation for the day they got to see those gifts opened and the contents revealed.
We had a little time to talk about why there are presents at Christmas, aside from the whole Santa aspect of things, and we decided that presents we give to each other are a reminder of the Gift that was given to us so long ago in a stinky, dirty stable.
It’s fun to give and get gifts, but it’s so important to remember why we celebrate Christmas. In everything we do during this season, there is a gift we have received that we can never match or repay. It was the perfect present. And it was so lovingly given to us. So lovingly. And it was for each of us because we are so important and valuable to God. This gift was tenderly wrapped in the arms of Mary and tagged with the most beautiful star.
It’s yours if you want it.
“For unto you is born this day in the city of David a Savior, which is Christ the Lord. And this shall be a sign unto you; Ye shall find the babe wrapped in swaddling clothes, lying in a manger.” Luke 2 11-12