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August 25, 2019


12/25/2007 8:52:00 AM
VIEWFINDER-Would you camp overnight for the best Christmas gift ever?

By Mike Mathes
TC News publisher


Little toy dolls and little toy drums.

Rooty toot toots and rummy-tum tums.

Ah, yes, the frills and fantasies of Christmas can be found everywhere in the pre-Christmas shopping season.

We all can easily become frustrated with all the materialism that gets out of whack at the Christmas season. Yet, how many of us shape our lives, our Christmas habits and even our beliefs around that earthly side of the holiday?

So, you might need a few clues that things are a bit twisted when it comes to our priorities. Here are just a few examples.

Some people equate Christmas with getting up a 5 a.m. on "the most important day" of the Christmas shopping season-Black Friday.

Some measure a Merry Christmas with being able to camp out overnight to get just the right toy or video game that will their needs of giving the perfect gift.

Some spend literally thousands of dollars in an effort to bring happiness to those they care most about.

We all enjoy the opportunity to give the right gift to those we love, but sometimes we get into habits of giving that are too reflective of the material world.

For, it's the real Christmas spirit we tend to lose sight of when we focus on the gift giving, the materialism and the Santa side of Christmas. Oh, yes, it's all a lot of fun.

But consider for a moment the gifts of the season that really matter.

How many of us would get up at 5 a.m. to stand in line for Christmas worship services? How many would brave undesirable traffic, difficult weather conditions and maybe even incredible traffic jams to make it to church to sing praises and hear the real message of the season?

What if someone told you that you could have eternal life for a gift this Christmas season?

How would that gift rank on your all-time top 10 list of most appreciated presents?

Would your face light up with the glee of a happy child? Would your heart be open to the true meaning of that gift? Would it look as appealing to you as the gift in some of the season's most outlandish commercials. You have seen them-the ones that show a brand new car wrapped in a red bow?

Surely, a new car with all its flashiness and excitement would be a gift too unfathomable for most of us at Christmas time.

Yet, even a new car pales in comparison to the most precious gift from that original Christmas.

If you had the ability to give that present to someone else, would you stuff their stocking with a gift card in your name?

Would you be willing to stand in line just so you could be sure that your loved ones received the gift of the true meaning of Christmas?

Would you be willing to give up to make sure those you love received the most awesome Christmas gift ever given?

We take for granted the true gift of Christmas, which is in all ways far more grand than any gift of this world.

That gift which means most is God's gift to us-the birth of his son, who would become God with us-dying on the cross to save us from sin and bring the promise of life eternal.

Now, that's a gift worth standing in line for or even camping out overnight.

That someone should love us so much to go to such an extreme is a gift that should make each and every one of us smile not only on Christmas, but every day of the year.

Wishing you and your family a most Merry Christmas! And, here's hoping you make room for the Christmas Child at your inn.





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