But are these pressures universal in our community? Many of us are blessed with being able to complain about the social pressures of Christmas parties, the extra expense of gift shopping, and the stress of preparing that “special” Christmas meal. However, there are those around us who don’t have to worry about social engagements because they are alone, are not concerned about gifts because the obvious answer is that there is no money for them, and Christmas day is just another day in which they wonder “will I eat today?”
My desire is not to rain on anyone’s Christmas parade but to remind those of us who are dealing with what are considered “normal” Christmas pressures to be grateful for them. Thank God that people wish to spend time with you rather than seeing social engagements as a burden, that even as we struggle to buy gifts be thankful we have loved ones in our lives we wish to give gifts to, and as we struggle to plan that perfect meal be thankful that we are able to make culinary choices.
This Christmas, be mindful that the best gift has already been given to us. And the angel said to them, “Fear not, for behold, I bring you news of great joy that will be for all the people. For unto you is born this day in the city of David a Savior, who is Christ the Lord.” (Luke 2:10-11)
That gift is for all, regardless of their economic status. If you are someone who is blessed with economic stability, He came for you. If you are someone who struggles to make it to the end of the month, He came for you. If you are someone who has nothing, He came for you. Don’t let what is in our wallets or pocket books cloud the magnanimous love God demonstrated in sending His son to be born among men. No earthly gift can compare with the gift of His birth.
May you have a wonderful Christmas,