The way I see it, there are two ways to look at it:
“Christmas is ONLY seven days away.”
“Christmas is STILL seven days away.”
As much as I hate holiday traffic and won’t set foot in a mall between Thanksgiving and December 25th if I can help it (and I stand by that), I recently realized something that I need to confess. I’ve had a pretty “Grinchy” attitude toward Christmas, especially when it comes to giving gifts. When December rolls around, my first thought is not excitement at the thought of giving wonderful presents to the ones I love that will bring joy to their hearts. My first thought is, “Dangit, more money to spend!”
Yeah. Bah humbug.
But let’s think this through for a second. Who really has piles of money lying around that they can’t wait to throw onto other people, and some out of pure obligation, just because it’s a certain time of year? ANYBODY with ANY money can think of a hundred ways to spend it…and most of the time that doesn’t include buying a tie for Uncle Harry or socks for your cousin Frank. I don’t think Christmas generosity is convenient for anyone.
But isn’t that the point? Christmas is about the gift of Jesus. When you read the story, NONE of it was convenient! In fact it was EXTREMELY inconvenient. Everyone involved, Mary, Joseph, God himself, went WAY out of their way to make this all happen. But the gift was still worth giving, precisely because it cost something to give. When I think about it that way, it makes me want to put a little more effort into making Christmas special by embracing the inconvenience in order to bless others.
Jesus said that it’s more blessed to give than to receive. Instead of thinking about what you can’t do this Christmas, why not think about what you can? It’s not too late to get a little giddy, to brave the crowds and pick out a little something special for a special someone. I think you’ll be glad you did.