All this wrapping paper!

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Well, Christmas is finally around the corner! Actually, New Years is around the corner, Christmas is just a couple houses away. You’re probably still hustling to find gifts in a last minute shuffle before stores start closing up early for the holiday. We all are. With all the gift-giving, family visiting and eggnog partaking, it’s easy to get caught up in the whirlwind. Too many times I’ve found myself standing in the middle of a toy store, surrounded by other parents with that confused “what do I get my kids?” look on their faces, and thought, “whoa, I need to chill.” I need to remind myself that it ain’t about the gifts, though it’s a blessing to give and to be able to. Remembering why I celebrate this holiday and what it means helps put things in perspective, especially when I’m sweating to find that perfect gift. And, while you’re stressed out staring at that list of people to get gifts for, if you celebrate Christmas, you need to remember why too.

Believe it or not, many people celebrate it but don’t really understand the meaning behind it. Don’t worry, I’m not about to go off into a history lesson on frankincense and myrrh or explain the Magi. But I will simply say that Christmas is about Jesus; nothing more, nothing less. It’s his birthday. When I remind myself of that fact, I reconfigure my face, place the cars and planes back on its shelf, get my composure, then shop in peace.

ENJOY the holidays with your family and friends! Don’t stress about what you might receive or what you can’t give. Be thankful for whatever you get, and if you can give, give. But I’d take presence over presents every day of the year. A small gesture (a phone call, a card, a visit or even a text) can go a long way. It will show the people you care about that you’re thinking of them and that they’re valued. But the true value lies in the meaning of the 25th. 

Merry Christmas!