Are you ready?
Christmas shopping season officially begins today.
And for many of us, it comes with a heaping pile of stress.
Where to shop – online, at the mall, at local small businesses, or…
When to shop – with the crowds or without…
What to buy – the perfect gift on budget or…
How to get it all done without losing your joy!
Yes, it’s stressful! Joy-filled stress.
So today we’re going to talk Christmas gifting.
“The giving of gifts is not something man invented. God started the giving spree when He gave a gift beyond words, the unspeakable gift of His Son.” ~Robert Flatt
God started the giving spree!
I love that. We give Christmas gifts as a reminder of the amazing unspeakable gift God gave to us in Jesus.
With that in mind . . . I want to talk about a simplified way of gift-giving that will bless your family and point them to the ultimate Gift-giver.
How to Simplify Gift Giving and Enjoy Christmas More
A few years ago our family dramatically changed its gift giving traditions.
You might be wondering how it’s possible to get a family to change 20+ years of tradition without a major meltdown?
It was really easier than you might think.
Our children were grown and our grandchildren were young; so, it was the perfect time for a change. And I’m so glad we went for it because this meaningful way of gifting has been enthusiastically embraced as our new tradition.
We follow the story of the Magi.
The Magi came to Bethlehem with gifts to worship Jesus.
Jesus was born in Bethlehem in Judea, during the reign of King Herod. About that time some wise men from eastern lands arrived in Jerusalem, asking, “Where is the newborn king of the Jews? We saw His star as it rose, and we have come to worship Him.” Matthew 2:1–2
Gifts of gold, frankincense, and myrrh.
Each gift (as it turns out) represented a significant part of Jesus life and ministry:
Gold – a gift given to royalty. Pure gold was considered to be a gift of virtue. For us gold reminds us that our holy Savior is the King of kings, and Lord of lords.
Frankincense – a gift of costly resin used in incense, to represent the prayers of the people ascending to God. For us frankincense reminds us that Jesus is our high priest, who sits at the right hand of the Father, and intercedes on our behalf as we lift our prayers in His precious name.
Myrrh – a gift that foreshadowed Jesus’ suffering and death. Myrrh was used medicinally as an anointing oil for wounds, and an embalming oil following death. The gift of myrrh reminds us of Jesus’ sacrifice. His very life for our salvation.
How does our family use these three gift ideas to do our shopping each year?
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Making Much of Jesus with Holiday Traditions.
I’m thrilled to be a part of this wonderful series.
Thank you so much for joining me today.
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