Saturday, December 22

Christmas Gifts

Exchanging gifts, specially wrapped in colorful foils and papers, was a feature of Christmas celebrations from as early as the fifth century. A reminder to everyone within the community of faith that, “It is more blessed to give than to receive,” the gifts well represented the character of the incarnation itself--the most glorious act of selfless giving that could every possibly be imagined.

Thus, gift giving was originally conceived as an act of covenant renewal and commitment. It was intended as a simple but beautiful expression of a Christo-centric worldview. Joyeux Noel.

3 comments:

TulipGirl said...

For the Christmas season, would you post "Yet, oh glorious yet, the infant in the manger has crushed the spirit of the age?"

George said...

TG: I'm delighted to do so!

TulipGirl said...

Thank you.

It brings me near tears, and has been my favorite holiday verse for many years.