11 And when they were come into the house, they saw the young child with Mary his mother, and fell down, and worshipped him: and when they had opened their treasures, they presented unto him gifts; gold, and frankincense, and myrrh. (Matthew 2:11 KJV)
That passage is one that everyone know and love. Gifts were bestowed upon our Lord and
Savior. What is being done today? What does the tradition of giving gifts to someone mean? Does it mean that the someone is highly worthy, Godly and deserving such treatment? Personally, I don’t think so. It’s just a lot of fun today, not religion or being in awe of our Lord.
Business people have exploited the gift giving theme and have turned it into a profit making venture. The more money they make, the more money they want. If a competitor make more than they, then they will try to out do them, no matter what it takes. Wall Street does not help the situation because they have expectations about how much the business made last year and should make this year. Wall Street want more and more and more. A company can only grow but so far before it is at it’s pinnacle and is at it’s end. Therefore the business attempt to get customers in it’s store earlier and earlier each year hoping sales will improve over last year. Where is the spirit of the season?
The Spirit of the season is Jesus Christ. His birth. True, He was given gifts, but, the gifts were not given to you or I. I am not worthy. He is and shall always be. Why am I being given a gift? For that matter, why are you given a gift or gifts?
I remember, when I was growing up, I got a gift or two but the main theme was always God and why there was a Christmas. There was always church on Christmas. There was always Watch Night for New Years. There was always CHURCH. Ask most young people today to tell the complete story of the birth of Christ and I will bet barely a handful could do it. Only a handful will even care. It means nothing to them, never have and never will.
The Christmas music, decorations and sales gets earlier and earlier each year and it is now before Thanksgiving. Kids do not know what Thanksgiving was all about anymore either and, soon, Christmas will move Halloween off the store floor. Thanksgiving is already sharing space with Christmas. When I was a radio DJ, the station manager and program director used ask me to play Christmas music before Thanksgiving. I always refused.
In days gone by, the images of the Three Wise Men were everywhere, not today. In days gone by, the image of Jesus in the manger were everywhere. We have forgotten that Christmas is to celebrate the birth of Christ, not an excuse to buy the latest gadget or get angry because someone did not send you a card (with money?) or get you a gift. Why not be like the Three Wise Men and give the gift to God? Oops, that mean going to church. So be it, go to church where we all belong. The greatest gift is to give ourselves to Christ. Remember what the season is for and make it Holy.