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What is the Real Meaning of Christmas?

After a wonderful day of Christmas shopping with the kids, and it was wonderful, we were sitting around the dinner table discussing our purchases.  One of my nieces said it was so much fun because she loved giving presents, wherein my sister burst out with a stern, “Christmas is not about giving”
Shocked was I. Shocked. Because if we toss out the commercialism and the reckless spending, isn’t giving rather than receiving the point.
No.
Sister is right
The point of Christmas is to be grateful.
Wait. What.
Just be grafeful. A birth. A simple humble birth. Once so long ago, away in a manger, no crib for a bed, a baby came and changed the world.  This birth changed the course of human history.  Not just the life of the baby but his birth. His birth introduced a heavenly peace available to anyone, everyone.
Yes, we’ve screwed  up this gift over the centuries; the Crusades, indulgences, the witch trials, the holocaust – yup big horrible mistakes. However, the mistakes don’t tarnish the gift of His birth,  they only underscore the necessity of it.
That baby , if we reach to him, shows us silence, peace and love.  The gifts of the magi weren’t necessary for Him to receive or them to give.  The gifts of precious material were necessary for the three kings themselves to acknowledge the wonder of what happened.
Giving is good.  It’s better than receiving but let’s not forget to be grateful for the gifts we receive as a result of a single birth.  If we choose to accept this gift our hearts are reborn and our minds our stilled. We get peace and love for just reaching up.
And I am grateful.

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