Well, the Christmas season of 2011 is passing us by. I am still a fairly new parent. And I invested a lot of time and concern this year thinking about how to teach my kids that Christmas is about giving, more than it is about receiving. I used to blame the commercialism of the world. But as I look at our lives, I see a lot of time and effort focused on what a kid will receive and very little spent on what that child will give. Not just on their end, on my end as well. And so I have some interesting ideas to try next year. But on Christmas day itself, I had a strange revelation.
If a day is about giving, then it must equally be about receiving. It cannot merely be one or the other. A gift by definition must be both given and received. Now maybe I assumed that my children, gifted as they are, would be perfectly capable of receiving presents. But what if I spent more time on the concept of gratitude? Not merely after the presents have been distributed, but before? Maybe year round even? And honestly, the more I thought about the idea that Christmas is about giving, the more I started to realize that the first Christmas was a huge gift. Or which I am the RECEIVER.
So maybe I need to focus more on receiving Christmas. And if I truly receive, I think it just might turn me into a giver as well. Maybe I should help my kids love their gifts, to play fervently with them, and then they might want others to have that joy themselves. Maybe I should stop and realize just how much I have received. I have always gotten more joy from giving. But I am learning to enjoy receiving as well. From others and from God. I cannot give Christmas to Him; I must receive it.
P.S. We’ll soon be talking more about this idea of receiving from God as the album release draws closer. It’s coming soon… March.
P.P.S. If you missed it, both Do You See What I See (the Christmas CD) and NEED (the latest CD) are both on sale for $5 at Amazon. Merry Christmas and Happy New Year.