There is a lot to think about when it comes to gifts this time of year. Some of it is logistical, figuring out what to give people, figuring out who is exchanging gifts and who isn’t, figuring out what you can afford to do financially. But I want us to put the logistical questions aside for a second and really think about gift giving as a whole.
As we get older we begin to see Christmas for what it is really worth. We start to see it as a celebration of our Saviors birth, a celebration that we get to enjoy with our loved ones. We see it as a time of merriment that is about more than just gifts, but that doesn’t mean the gifts stop being an important part of the season. We know that, because in America holiday spending alone is used to determine the state of our economy. People spend more money during the holiday season than any other time of year. We sink billions and billions into this time of year. Clearly the gifts have become important, whether they were meant to be or not.
If we’re spending that kind of money on gifts for this short holiday season I think it makes sense to take a really good look at what gift giving means to us. So I’m going to pose a few question:
- If you were to give gifts and not receive any in return would you be okay with that?
- If someone went out of their way to make you feel special, would that be enough of a gift for you?
- Do you have a set number of gifts you want to give your children or loved ones? Why did you set it?
- If someone were to give to a charity in your name would you be happier than if you received a gift yourself?
- Would you opt to give a gift instead of a charitable donation because your afraid it wouldn’t be received well?