My prepared peeps do their Christmas shopping during this time. So, I thought I’d be equipped with my “Wishlist” in a timely and considerable fashion… Just in case. I don’t wanna miss out on my blessings by not being ready.
This Christmas I’d like:
- Natural Hair Products
- Makeup/Beauty Products for my chocolateness
- Small Flat Iron or Curling iron (I donated all of mine when I loc’d my hair)
- Massage/Spa gift certificates (Any and All)
- Massage Envy
- Hand and Stone
Presence over Presents
Most of all, I want my loved ones to be healthy and outrageously joyful. I’m grateful for my family and if nothing else, I want the best for all of them. I’d like to spend time with everyone. I want visitors and I want to visit all season long. I feel loved by my family; I’m blessed by their love and positively motivated by their presence in my life. I’m always sad for the loved ones I won’t be able to see during the season.
What do you want for Christmas? Make those lists count.
From my devotion:
When it comes to the “most important” part of all in this Christmas observance—the Christmas shopping season—the buying and exchanging of gifts—many will exclaim triumphantly, “Well, at least the Bible tells us to do that! Didn’t the wise men give gifts, when Christ was born?”
Again, we are due for some surprises, when we learn the plain truth. First, let us look at the historic origin of trading gifts back and forth, then see exactly what the Bible does say about it.
From the Bibliotheca Sacra, volume 12, pages 153-155, we quote, “The interchange of presents between friends is alike characteristic of Christmas and the Saturnalia, and must have been adopted by Christians from the Pagans, as the admonition of Tertullian plainly shows.”
The fact is, this custom fastened upon people of exchanging gifts with friends and relatives at the Christmas season has not a single trace of Christianity about it, strange though that may seem! This does not celebrate Christ’s birthday or honor it or Him! Suppose someone you love has a birthday. You want to honor that person on his or her birthday. Would you lavishly buy gifts for everyone else, trading gifts back and forth with all your other friends and loved ones, but ignore completely any gift for the one whose birthday you are honoring? Rather absurd, when viewed in that light, is it not?
Yet this is exactly what people the world over are doing! They honor a day that is not Christ’s birthday by spending every dime they can scrape together—even spending what they cannot afford—in buying presents to trade back and forth among friends and relatives.