Today, many Americans will hit the stores in search of amazing “bargains.” Many will have completed their Christmas shopping in one day. Many will get into fist fights over those same deals or tear their hair out if they’re too late. Some will give up entirely and stay home to make their purchases online.
I’m not condemning or condoning this behavior. I’m all for getting a good deal, but I think we often become so consumed with getting more bang for our buck than we do for the real reason for this beautiful season.
We have just completed giving thanks for all our blessings. We have praised our Lord for His bounty. It seems that we should continue that feeling throughout the entire Advent and Christmas season and on into the new year.
Today might be the perfect opportunity to sit down and talk to your children about God’s greatest gift to the entire world. You might share some of your family traditions with them so they can carry them on with their children some day. Talk about why we place a Christmas tree in our homes – or what is the symbolism behind a holiday wreath. Explain why we place a nativity set on our mantle and maybe even read the story of the first Christmas from God’s Word.
The gift of Christmas is one we don’t have to fight to get. We don’t have to stand in line for it or get tangled up in overwhelming crowds. Not only that – its absolutely free! It’s given by our loving heavenly Father to those who see their need for it and simply ask for it. Now that’s what I call a deal!