Give gifts to children who need and appreciate them. Give the gift of love.
The department stores are putting out their holiday displays. I don't mind. It's a wonderful season. I like to think of it as pre-advent. Let's get ready, to get ready, for the coming of the babe who will bring salvation. I love the Christmas story. It brings tears to my eyes when I think what it would have been like for his earthly mother and father. The conception, the birth, the miraculous signs and wonders.
Of course Christmas is just a celebration remembering what Jesus has already done for us. He came, he walked and talked, lived and breathed, he died and rose again -- that we might have eternal life. And make no mistake, He came to save the world, not to condemn it. That's the message we should share more often than we do. God so loved the world...
Think on that for these next couple of months while the lights are blinking, the music is playing, and the jolly fat gift giver is handing out presents. Grab onto the gift God gave and live ever after.