The older my children get, the harder it is for me to buy them Christmas presents. Not only do their ages make my shopping more difficult, but I'm also at the place in life where I don't like fighting the crowds.
When my children were young, almost anything you could purchase at a dollar store would bring them great joy. By the time they were in elementary school, I had to keep up with the latest commercials, the source of their Christmas wish lists. Now that they're grown, I don't have a clue what they want.
I remember when my Grandma Moore reached this stage of her Christmas gift-giving life. That was the year she began giving gloves to all the men in our family. If you were a Moore male, you didn't have to ask what Grandma Moore got you last Christmas or what she was going to get you next Christmas because we all got the same thing: gloves. And every year until she went home to be with the Lord, it got harder and harder to act surprised.
My Granddad Scott had a similar problem. He reached the point where he gave each of us a brand-new dollar bill every Christmas. Our gifts changed from bicycles and telescopes to one-dollar bills. Granddad always went to the bank and got the envelopes with an oval cutout for George Washington's smiling face.
I guess I've almost reached the glove and dollar bill stage. If I can find gloves at the dollar store, I'll have completed the circle of life.
Choosing the perfect gift has become a daunting task. I read a small piece written by Oren Arnold recommending what to give others for Christmas. To paraphrase his words: “To your enemy, give forgiveness. To your opponent, give tolerance. To your friends, give your heart. To your customers, give service. To all, give charity. To every child, give a good example. To yourself, give respect.”
Not a bad list at all.
I love the part of the Christmas story when the angels come to deliver the birth announcement. They didn't come bringing a pair of gloves or a dollar bill, but the greatest announcement of all time:
But the angel said to them, Today in the town of David a Savior has been born to you; He is the Messiah, the Lord.
Have you received the greatest gift? I don't mean a glove from Grandma Moore or a dollar bill from Granddad Scott.
The greatest gift, sent by God Himself, was His only Son. I highly recommend Him.
Walker Moore is president of AweStar Ministries