“‘Daddy can I get this?’ ‘Daddy can I have that?’ ‘Daddy can Santa bring me this, this AND this?’
Questions any parent with young children are well use to hearing at this time of the year.
With a three year old child, our house is full of extra excitement as my son wonders at all the sights, sounds and smells of Christmas. However, like any child (including the grown up ones!) the main thing on his mind is the gifts. What will Santa bring on Christmas morning? Isn’t this what Christmas is all about?
Christmas is all about the giving and receiving of gifts. Buying something special for those people in your life who you love and care about. Whether it is the latest games console or a pair of socks, the gift that you give is given and hopefully received in love. Your gift shows that you care about them and love them enough to spend time, energy and money on buying something just for them. Isn’t this what Christmas is all about?
Well, yes and no. Christmas is all about the giving and receiving of a gift but not the latest gadget, Lego set, Barbie doll, perfume or socks; but the greatest gift the world has ever seen. Jesus Christ, God’s only son, born in a stable in Bethlehem, born a child and yet a king, born to give us new life and demonstrate God’s love for his creation.
This Christmas, it is my prayer that we will all know the true gift of Christmas, Jesus Christ, our Lord and Saviour, whose birth we remember and celebrate and that we will open our lives to receiving him, not only at Christmas but every day.
May you have a happy and holy Christmas and a peaceful New Year. God Bless.”