Once Thanksgiving is passed, it seems that all anyone thinks about is Christmas. I don't blame them; this is one of my favorite times of the year, but it's easy to get distracted by all the lights, decorations, and most of all.... PRESENTS!!! Now don't get me wrong; presents are great, but it gets to the point where with a lot of people, if something isn't wrapped up in a package with a ribbon and bow, then they're not interested. And things can quickly change from "Season's Greetings" to "Season's Greed."
It is becoming increasingly obvious that a lot of people in this day and time think of Christmas as a season of going to parties, putting up Christmas trees, and getting and receiving gifts from family and friends. The commercialism of our world, especially the United States, makes us often forget the true meaning of this holiday: the birth of Jesus Christ. The gifts we receive at Christmas should not be the main focus of the event, but a symbol of the Best Gift of All, given to us more than two thousand years ago. It's a gift without ribbons or bows that can save you from your sin and give you more than anything else on earth. In other words, He's the Gift that keeps on giving for all of eternity.
When we consider how many people there are in the world that are less fortunate than us, it almost seems selfish to ask for gifts. Consumed by consumerism, we make Santa Claus a bigger hero to children than Jesus Christ when in reality, Jesus is the only reason Christmas even exists. Now believe me, you shouldn't feel guilty if you get an iPhone for Christmas. It's fun to get gifts and it should be a happy experience. But if you don't get that iPhone, then it's not the end of the world. Giving gifts is usually much more fun than receiving them, so be sure to share the love this holiday season.
And remember that you can't have the "season" without the "Son." It can be hard when presents are such a big aspect of this time, but without a doubt you'll have a much better holiday if you keep this in mind. Have a great Christmas, and may God bless each and every one of you as you embark on the wonderful journey of 2013. From all of us here at Silk and Purple:
"We wish you a Merry Christmas, and a Happy New Year!"