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Advent is about joy—the joyful gift wrapped in swaddling clothes and lying in a manger, whom the shepherds beheld. How often do we reflect upon that joy as we give and receive gifts at Christmas time?
Gift exchanges marks the Christmas season. It’s all too easy to turn such gift exchanges into giving and receiving stuff rather than sharing life. Such exchanges may be filled with happiness, but that initial feeling of happiness may soon wear off like the shimmer and shine of wrapping paper. Is that all there is to Christmas cheer?
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There is a major difference between Christmas cheer and happiness bound up with exchanging stuff and the greatest Christmas gift of all involving “Joy to the world—the Savior comes!” The angels exhorted the shepherds not to fear, since the heavenly host brought good tidings of great joy: the Savior, Christ the Lord, has come to share life with them, and with all people everywhere.
It is certainly fine to exchange gifts at Christmas time, just so long as such exchanges do...
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