Thursday, December 25, 2008

Christmas Gifts

Every year, millions of kids and big kids anticipate December 25th. It's usually the time to receive packages of "stuff" wrapped up in nice paper with a bow or ribbon on top. Now that I have made the transition from kid to big kid, being at the tender age of 22, the 25th day of the last month of the year isn't as much anticipated as it has been in years previous. That may be because gradually there has been less and less nice paper and ribbons under our nicely decorated tree. However, this may be one of the best Christmases that I have had.

As a kid, the thing to do with the "stuff" that you get is to play with it for a while, and then never play with it again. You can only anticipate "stuff" so much, because "stuff" barely feels the void that all of us naturally have inside us. (Here comes the corny part), "Stuff" has a price on it: $199 for an xbox, $699 for a HDTV, $3.99 for a transformer, etc. Things that have monetary value can be earned; for ex. you can earn $60, 000 a year, because you're so good at your job...However, in the truest since of the word "gift", a gift can not be earned. Christmas is what it is because of the gift that we received, Jesus. We did not, could not, and will not ever earn that gift; and family is the same way. Even though that fat man in a red suit didn't come through on my Christmas list this year, it doesn't matter if I was naughty or nice, because, like every year, I have 7 great gifts who I can celebrate with.

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