Every year at Christmastime the excitement builds. As the weeks pass, more and more gifts are wrapped and appear beneath the tree. The kids look at the gifts and count up which ones are theirs. After all, who doesn’t like unwrapping a gift?
Each Christmas before we open gifts we ask our boys, “What was your favorite gift last year?” Year after year the question is asked, but rarely do they remember a gift they received just 365 days ago. Perhaps when they received a larger, more meaningful gift they may have remembered. But usually when asked this question, their faces go blank. You can imagine the look on their face when we ask the follow up question, “What was your favorite gift from two years ago?”
After a lot of memory gymnastics we remind the boys, “Isn’t it funny how temporary the things of this world are? The key word here is “things.” We can’t even remember a gift we received last year much less two years ago. But we’ll always remember the world’s greatest gift over 2,000 years ago with the birth of our Savior, Jesus. At least we should.
As cliché as it sounds, “Remember the Reason for the Season” and pass it along to the next generation. Jesus is our reason to celebrate. He is our greatest gift. We appreciate the special gift of God incarnate coming as a babe to be our Redeemer and Savior. That is the gift to be remembered this year, last year and for years to come. Merry Christmas!