Giving

The Meaning of Christmas

The Meaning of Christmas

For some, the meaning of Christmas is watching the story of the Mean One of Christmas, a.k.a. the Grinch. For others, the meaning of Christmas is rooted in lots of family traditions revolving around food, movies, gift giving, and decorating. There are lots of wonderful things to do year after year, but sometimes I wonder if they distract us from the true meaning of Christmas. How can we make sure we are not distracted, and that we are seeing the real significance of Christmas?
 

'Tis Better to Give than Receive

'Tis Better to Give than Receive

When I was younger, I would lurk around the Christmas tree, waiting for my mother to turn her back, so I could shake the brightly colored packages under its boughs. Even now as a college senior, I can't help but wake up earlier than usual to see what was stuffed in my stocking or to rip the paper off a present to reveal the book I have been patiently waiting to read.