As a kid, I remember getting crocheted house slippers from my grandma every year at Christmas. Of course, I didn’t appreciate what I was getting at the time. I realize now, the time and love my grandma put into each pair of those crocheted slippers. While I can’t go back and show my appreciation of Christmas gifts past, this year I am taking lessons from my grandma and will be intentional with my gifts – in both giving and receiving. This Christmas, it’s all about meaning.
Think back to a gift you received that surprised and delighted you. Something you didn’t need or ask for, that thrilled you from the moment you saw it. An item you had no idea you would enjoy that immediately became your new favorite. Or maybe it was made by the hands of someone you love. Do you still enjoy it? Or at least enjoy the memory?
Now consider a time when you gave a meaningful gift to someone you loved. Did it thrill you to see them open it? Were you overjoyed when they loved receiving it as much as you loved giving it?
What would change about Christmas if our gifts were meaningful beyond the latest trend or gadget? If we specifically selected items to show love and received gifts with a gracious heart?
We have the greatest example of both giving and receiving. God made a way for us with the greatest Christmas gift of all – by giving His son. And no matter how small we think our gift is, He receives it and multiplies it!
Follow His example. Give and receive with a heart full of love and be an example to those around you of the Christmas we are celebrating.