It’s that time of the year once again. As the year comes to an end, we will be celebrating Christmas. Gift giving and joyful Christmas celebrations would be seen in various parts of the world.
People flock to malls to buy gifts for their families and loved ones. It is as if there is a need to spend more during Christmas season. The effect of all this rush? – traffic jam, lots of to-do lists, growing amount of credit card debts, unwanted gifts, etc.
But what is the real meaning of Christmas? Is it the gift under those Christmas trees? Is it the lights in various streets and establishments? Is it the card in the mail, the joyful dinner with family and friends, the sock hanging in the living room, and the greetings of “Merry Christmas? Is this really Christmas?
We must not forget that we celebrate Christmas to commemorate the birth of Jesus Christ. Why would God do such a thing? Why would he come as a new born baby, instead of appearing almighty and powerful? Why make himself a true man and live among us, when he knew very well how terribly he would be treated? The answer – it was love!
Christmas is a time of God showing His great love for us. It should be a time of healing, forgiveness, and renewed strength of faith. The Bible says: “This is how God showed His love among us: He sent His one and only Son into the world that we might live through Him. This is love: not that we loved God, but that He loved us and sent His Son as an atoning sacrifice for our sins (1 John 4:9-10).
What if you bought fewer gifts? That random gift certificate, he won’t like it. That toy, he doesn’t need it. Instead of buying that gift, give something valuable like your TIME. Talk, eat, play, sing, dance, bake, and read together. And remember that money you didn’t spend, what if you gave some of it away to the poor, to the hurting, to the lonely, to the hungry, to the sick, to the thirsty?
If only we spend less on gifts and more on relationships, that would be a lot of love for all of us. Let’s face it. Consumerism is not happiness. Consumerism is not also memories. Spend less on gifts and instead give more presence. Love like Jesus. It begins with worship. Worship fully. Spend less. Give more. Love all. Christmas is the season of advent. You are free to worship, live, breathe, give, laugh, and celebrate.
The true meaning of Christmas relies not on the gifts and presents that we give but on the love and unity that each one of us should build. Spend less on gifts and more on relationships! Jesus is the reason for Christmas! Rejoice!