You can look around everywhere and know “it is the season.” The stores are full of merchandise ready to go home with you. The music you only hear once a year is again heard everywhere. Children are trying so hard to be extra good because they heard somewhere Santa is checking his naughty and nice list.
We get caught up in the preparation for that one day, that one special day. Lists of things to do are made, gift lists, special grocery shopping lists are written and those special decorations are once again pulled from their storage places.
In all of the hustle and madness of this time perhaps we have forgotten the real reason for this season. This time, this special time is not about the tree, the gifts and the frenetic pace we find ourselves in.
This time and season should cause us to think about the real gifts to give. Those gifts that are not tangible but are so important in the world we live in.
Love – What a special gift. We can’t put it in a box wrapped in beautiful paper tied up with a bow. It is, or should be what we give every day. Love, it is the intangible gift that makes all the difference in some ones world when given.
Trust – In some cases this gift trust is earned, when it is received it is priceless. A gift that is sometimes fragile and can be broken but trust is and should be treasured always.
Time – Maybe we don’t think of this as a gift but to some in our lives this gift of time is more valuable than money or things. Time spent with those we love leaves an imprint on hearts and lives that will keep giving in the memories we hold precious.
Friendship – The bond between people that makes our lives special. It is a gift of rare quality and one that should not be easily dismissed.
During this Christmas holiday and celebration I hope we take the opportunity to share the intangible gifts that only we can give. There are those during this season who are hurting and at this time not all is “merry and bright.” They need to receive the intangible especially during this Christmas time.