I wanted to share a blog post called "Christ in the Gifts" (hmmm, sounds awfully close to a blog name, doesn't it) over at Sharing the Journey. Guest writer, Jodi, describes her family's gift-giving traditions and how they coincide with the three wise men in the Christmas story. I liked that idea a lot. Go check it out here to read more about it.
I was thinking about gift-giving in our house. When our kids, then our grandkids, were younger, gift-giving was more about things (toys, candy, etc). There’s just something about the excitement of watching a youngster wake up Christmas morning and tear open presents that they have been waiting weeks to open. But our youngest is 19 and the grand kids are getting older and often we don’t get a chance to see them on Christmas. So it seems that gift-giving has been changing slowly over the years. Money is a little tighter and the idea of buying more stuff we really don’t need has affected our priorities when it comes to gift buying. Our values are more centered on giving to those in need, spending time with family and experiencing new endeavors together. We may also be moving this coming year into a smaller home on a local lake, so we are starting to downsize in order to prepare for a more relaxed and laid-back lifestyle. (The hubs would like to retire a little early and moving would help him make that possible). We plan on exchanging a few gifts this year, but more importantly, we plan on enjoying some small day-trips together over Christmas break, are planning a family vacation out west in the spring, and want to help some young people who have become an important part of our lives. It’s pretty amazing, how different phases of life bring different priorities. It’s actually less stressful and we can really dwell upon the true Gift, Jesus, who often gets put on the back burner once the holiday arrives. My gratitude list is mostly a repeat of what I have previously posted, but I find these things come to mind as I think about what I have to be thankful for the most this Christmas…..
336. Loving husband and son
338. Family (including extended)
339. Husband’s job
340. A home
341. Christ’s birth!!!!
342. God’s Word
343. Eternal Hope
344. Time with family
What are your family's gift-giving traditions like?
May you find the important things this Christmas to be about people, experiences, and God's love for us!!
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