Shocked was I. Shocked. Because if we toss out the commercialism and the reckless spending, isn’t giving rather than receiving the point.
Sister is right
The point of Christmas is to be grateful.
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.