I was inspired to write about this topic as I watched one of my favourite Christmas movies, “How the Grinch Stole Christmas.” Yes, that old 2000 movie starring Jim Carrey. The message from this movie is still applicable today – Christmas is not about gifts but rather your loved ones. To those of us who believe in God, its about celebrating the birth of Jesus Christ.
So many of us are guilty of getting caught up in the hype of Christmas that we forget what it is truly about. Some of us spend weeks, months, thinking about the perfect gift for our friends and family. I know personally the stress of trying to find a gift for everyone on your list.
What is worse is the guilt that we may feel if we do not buy a ton of gifts for people. Some of us feel the pressure to be St.Nick and if we do not deliver all the gifts before the Christmas season ends, we feel like bad people.
Also, we may spend countless hours and weeks redecorating our rooms and houses. Majority of our time is spent rushing, shopping, partying and planning.
Nothing is wrong with looking forward to the holidays but it is so easy to get caught up in the rush that we forget the true meaning of Christmas. It isn't all about gifts, there is more to the holidays than that.
True Meaning of Giving
So many of us claim to give when we are simply trading. If we give knowing we will receive, it is like swapping. Give something to someone without the expectation of receiving.
Many of us also just give something tangible; clothing, book or jewellery. How many of us have given our time or love to someone? How many of us have sacrificed something to assist someone? We simply want to give and receive great presents.
Are you truly giving from your heart? Are you excited to give someone a gift because you know they will love and appreciate it as opposed to feeling obligated to do so.
The number of gifts you receive should not be a priority. Only kids should be looking forward to a ton of presents from everyone around Christmas time. Therefore, you should not be so bothered if a family member or friend does not get you a present every year. I have heard the murmur from individuals complaining that they only received a little bit of gifts." So what !? You should be grateful if one, two or three persons bought you a present. I understand that it's nice to receive a gift; you feel appreciated however no one has to give you anything.
The ironic part is that so many of us end up re-gifting or not using some of the very same gifts we received. So why get upset over something petty?
It is better to be in a position to give than having to wait to receive.
I would encourage you to find one person in need this holiday season and give to them.
Spend time with your friends and family.
Make sure your friends and family know how much you love them.
Laugh more this season.
Do not get caught up on how many presents you’ve received.
Do not let anyone make you feel guilty for not being Santa Claus.
Remember to be grateful.
Be thankful that Jesus was born.
Char is the Editor of doseofinspiration246.com. A firm believer in Christ and has a deep love for her family. Char believes that we should always seek to uplift and encourage each other and she desires to continuously promote positivity.