Christmas Memories – Advent Devotion
December 11, 2020
The 25 gifts of Christmas
Matthew 2:11; Hebrews 10:19
The year was 1981. At the time, I was a manager for Albertson’s supermarket in Lake Worth, FL.
Christmas time was rolling around again, and it was our busiest time of the year. Not only was the story active because of Christmas parties, dinner preparations, and the many gift ideas we offered, but we also carried trees, decorations, and toys.
I don’t remember what made me think of doing this. Still, I decided to bring my wife Kathy home a small Christmas decoration gift from December 1 through Christmas day. (I worked very long hours when I was in retail, and this was my way of saying, “Thanks for putting up with all the hours I work.”)
Remember this was 1981, and things were much less expensive. So, if I came home with a small glass candle holder or figurine, I generally was only spending a dollar or two. But the most important thing was that it made Kathy happy and brought a smile to her face. Of course, twenty- five gifts were only a prelude to the Christmas gifts she received on Christmas Day.
Everyone enjoys receiving gifts, but do you get just as excited about giving gifts. Kathy enjoys the gifts I give her as well as the ones from our daughter and friends. But, the greatest joy she and I both have is giving gifts.
We love to see our grandson’s eyes light up when we give him a Christmas gift or any gift during the year, for that matter. Making others happy, showing love, giving of your time, talents, and treasures to others are the greatest gift we can give to others.
We all know that Jesus received three gifts from the Wisemen. Gold, Frankincense, and Myrrh. All gifts fit for a King. But the gift Jesus gave us while on earth is so much more far-reaching than physical gifts.
Jesus gave us eternity. He gave His life to free us from the captivity of sin, and through our faith, we now look forward to eternal life with Him in heaven.
I’m not sure if any of those 25 gifts I gave Kathy so many years ago even exist anymore. But I do know that the gift from God of His Son Jesus is eternal.