I am provoked to ask this question because up to this moment, I am still confused about what should one give to another as a Christmas gift. Many years have already passed since my first Christmas but, definitely I wasn’t conscious about Christmas. Neither was I aware of other important and worldwide celebrations or events being recalled with enormous following. I know though that Christmas and New Year are definitely the most celebrated events on earth. No dispute about that. But what is the most important? Is it Christmas or the New Year? Opinions shall vary I am positive. It will depend on the spiritual value of each one of them has to a person, to the people.
Being a Christian and Roman Catholic, without offense to the rest of the other religions, I would say that Christmas is the most important day for me. I leave the rest to their own choice. New Year, gives new hope for the year that just came. New Year is another chance for people, for everyone to recover from the failures or sufferings in the past year, while, those who have had great times, would even want greater times. But, why do I say that the most important for me is Christmas? Like what the rest would say, “it is the birth of Jesus Christ, our Redeemer”. God’s love for humanity made Him give his Only Son to the world to redeem man from his sins. And for me, it is the greatest gift ever! It could also be the best and the greatest gift a person could give to another.
Time though has changed, because that “gift of love” has been transposed into something more “material”. It has replaced the “spiritual” value of Christmas to give a gift of “love” and nothing else. Surely, Jesus got material things when He was born. The Three Kings or Three Wise Men gifted Him with incense, myrre and gold – the most valuable materials during that period. I do not know if people then were conscious or even aware of what “material value” or “spiritual value” was all about, but I am sure they knew what “love” was about.
Things are changing so quickly that in a wink of an eye, in a split of a second, a lot would have already transpired. I am not only talking about technology, but everything that is within the reach of our consciousness and imagination are changing, altering or developing within our midst. Material things matter more these days, even during Christmas. Children awake expectant to find toys surrounding the Christmas tree; adults likewise have their hands ready to grab a box with their name written on it, everybody hopes for a box, and no one will settle for anything else but what is tangible, something you can lay your hands on.
That is human nature. That was how we were brought up to be and it will always be the same till the ends of time. Love is no longer a “gift” worthy of appreciation. Of course, for every material gift given, “love is supposed to be attached” to it. But the true sense of the word is no longer important as it should be.
This matter of giving “love” as a gift is a “spiny” matter to discuss. People have varied interpretations. It depends on how each person value the meaning of gift giving, specially in Christmas time. That is perhaps the reason why Christmas is more focused on children and lesser on adults. Children are yet unmindful of what Christmas is all about, but they do know that it is about the birth of the child Jesus. The children of the world, though with differences in religion, belief or creed, are all becoming fascinated by Christmas. Though I still say that children in general, should be taught about the real meaning of the occasion. It is not just giving of toys or anything material. It is more about WHY it is happening. I do not wish to be an altruistic person of sorts. I am just a simple believer of what is true and real. That’s all.
In any case, this is my opinion. I respect each one’s own view and belief. But still, I ask, “what’s your Christmas gift?”. …. Eric
MERRY CHRISTMAS AND A PROSPEROUS NEW YEAR TO ALL!!