December 6, 2015
Who am I to tell everyone we are not exchanging gifts this Christmas? Taking it upon myself to say, “Don’t spend any money, let’s just be a family and spend time together”. That was my thought. Obviously I didn’t spend much time thinking!
My thoughts and my heart have changed. First off, as a family, why not ALL agree on something? But after doing some research about Christmas, I believe it is also symbolic of generosity.
There’s a word we don’t hear often. Below is the definition from Vocabulary.com
Generosity is a quality — like honesty and patience — that we all probably wish we had more of. When you show generosity, you might give away things or money or put others before yourself. But generosity is about more than cash and stuff. When you’re forgiving and gentle to people, you show generosity of spirit. If you give others help or credit, that shows generosity. The world would certainly be a better place if more people showed generosity to others.
Read this little story below, you might think differently also.
Jesus is Better Than Santa
Santa lives at the North Pole. JESUS is everywhere.
Santa rides in a sleigh. JESUS rides on the wind and walks on the water.
Santa comes but once a year. JESUS is an ever present help.
Santa fills your stockings with goodies. JESUS supplies all your needs.
Santa comes down your chimney uninvited. JESUS stands at your door and knocks.. and then enters your heart.
You have to stand in line to see Santa. JESUS is as close as the mention of His name.
Santa lets you sit on his lap. JESUS lets you rest in His arms.
Santa doesn’t know your name, all he can say is “Hi little boy or girl, What’s your name?” JESUS knew our name before we did. Not only does He know our name, he knows our address too. He knows our history and future and he even knows how many hairs are on our heads.
Santa has a belly like a bowl full of jelly. JESUS has a heart full of love.
All Santa can offer is HO HO HO. JESUS offers health, help and hope.
Santa says “You better not cry.” JESUS says “Cast all your cares on me for I care for you”.
Santa’s little helpers make toys. JESUS makes new life, mends wounded hearts, repairs broken homes and builds mansions.
Santa may make you chuckle, but JESUS gives you joy that is your strength.
While Santa puts gifts under your tree, JESUS became our gift and died on the tree.
It’s obvious there is really no comparison. We need to remember WHO Christmas is all about. We need to put Christ back in Christmas. Jesus is still the reason for the season. Yes, Jesus is better, he is even better than Santa Claus!
I don’t want to be Santa Claus anymore, Holly