During the holidays we behave much like the song "Santa Clause is Coming to Town." As we are shopping we find ourselves making our list and checking it twice. We often want to make sure we are covering everyone on our list and making sure we get the right gift. Since we have eight children between the two of us it is easy to overspend just buying gifts for our children. We do whatever is comfortable for our budget and sometimes we forgo buying gifts for one another or agree on what we need to purchase for our home. This year, because we needed new laundry equipment, my husband bought the washer for me and I bought the dryer for him. Our compromise was our way of giving love at Christmas time.
Regardless of what we purchase for one another or for our children, on Christmas Eve I take the time to wrap up all of our gifts in beautiful packages. I have a tradition of giving everyone a distinct packages that is unlike anyone else's under the tree. No matter how long it takes I make sure everyone has a lovely package to open up on Christmas Day. It's my way of giving love at Christmas time.
Around the holidays, there is typically someone in need who would benefit from a financial blessing. We donate additional food and money so that our pantry will be well stocked for those who need food for Christmas. There are families who are struggling and unable to buy gifts for their children or provide their basic needs. I sat in awe watching all of the heart-warming Christmas stories on the news such as families who were without a car, receiving a brand new van as a Christmas gift from those who just want to be a blessing. The Secret Santa stories are often heartwarming. Sharing a financial blessing is a way of giving love at Christmas time.
Many times people are lonely during the holidays and just need to know that someone cares enough to visit them or to smile. Over the years our church has made blankets for the sick and elderly and given to them at Christmas. A new neighbor just moved across the street from us and we baked cookies and took them over to introduce ourselves. Just yesterday I had ordered lunch for a meeting and the delivery driver surprised me by delivering the food with a smile and wishing me a blessed Merry Christmas full of blessings. Her smile and well wishes were a pleasant surprise and made my day. I have to believe it was her way of giving love at Christmas time.
Finally, there is no better way to give love at Christmas than to share the good news of God's love in the birth of his Son Jesus. Who do you know that you can share the gift of salvation with? There may be someone at work or someone in your neighborhood or maybe even someone in your family or home who needs to hear the good news. Knowing of Jesus' miracles birth of the virgin Mary and knowing that He was sent to be the Saviour of the world is a gift that not only brings peace, but salvation.
I John 4:7-8 NASB - Beloved, let us love one another, for love is from God; and everyone who loves is born of God and knows God. The one who does not love does not know God, for God is love.
What's keeping you from giving love at Christmas time?
Janice R Love, Author
First Lady, Mom, Stepmom and Divorce Ministry Coach