During the holiday season, especially Christmas for Christians, we are consumed with buying gifts to give our friends and loved ones. It is in giving gifts that we express love. We get a sense of self satisfaction and appreciation to be able to bring joy and happiness to someone else.
I would imagine that those who are genuinely sincere in their love for others give gifts not necessarily expecting a gift back in return. Of course, that may not always be the case when you have someone giving a gift literally expecting or demanding a gift in return. But the gift should be an expression of one’s love to make the giver as well as the recipient happy.
Living in a mundane, materialistic society may cause problems because some people are more concerned with the monetary value of a gift than the gift itself. They use the gift to equate how they are valued by the giver. Gifts should just be expressions of love and appreciation for those you care about with no strings attached. But we all know that is not always the case; therefore, we have gifts that are not always well received or appreciated. But the sincerity within the heart of the giver should not be open for contention.
You have small gifts and you have large gifts. But be mindful that gifts do not have to take the form of matter that can be weighed. Gifts can be acts of kindness, e.g., giving up your time to spend with a loved one or going out of your way to bring a smile to a hurting or wounded friend or loved one. We must get away from always associating gifts as materialistic items purchased with money. In fact, the most precious gift for many older people is the time their children or family spend with them during the holidays, especially Christmas.
Some people celebrating Christmas can find the holiday somewhat depressing when trying to figure out what they feel is the perfect gift to give someone who may already have everything. Such is the case of siblings trying to ‘out-present’ their other siblings when it comes to giving a gift to their mothers or grandmothers. While these special people are deserving, rivalry among siblings seeking the biggest gift to give, shouldn’t cloud the occasion.
The exchanging of presents has become so contentious for some families, they have opted to forego exchanging presents—especially during Christmas. They seek to concentrate on the religious significance of the holiday. This may be understandable when we consider how commercial Christmas has become. Children and even some adults looking for gifts don’t even acknowledge or celebrate the true meaning of the holiday.
For me as a Christian, no gift comes close in comparison to the ultimate gift given mankind. That is the gift of our Lord Jesus Christ. God bestowed Him upon the world to show us how much he loved us. God gifted us with his son, Jesus Christ, in human form to show us how to live and love. He sought to save us from ourselves. God gave the world his son, Jesus, who willingly offered Himself as a sacrifice on our behalf. Jesus eventually died and defeated death, Hell and the grave. He paved the way for his believers by offering those who believe in him salvation and eternal life. Just imagine, as a parent, sacrificing your child for the world. That kind of love for me, as a parent, is too deep and incomprehensible to grasp. It is not possible to imagine a greater gift representing unconditional love.
Unfortunately, man has found a way to dilute the magnitude of God’s love for us, especially during Christmas when more significance seems to be directed on Santa Claus and gifts. Make no mistake, there is nothing wrong in giving gifts to loved ones and friends. But let’s prioritize God’s love for mankind. What gift can surpass God’s gift of blessing us with his son, Jesus Christ? Also note that the ultimate gift of love was free and didn’t come with a price tag.