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Have we let gift giving become the focus of Christmas instead of thanking God for the great gift of His son? There’s nothing wrong with giving gifts as long as we don’t let that become our main focus. What are we teaching our children about Christmas? The question we usually ask children is: “What is Santa bringing you for Christmas?” Adults ask each other what they want for Christmas. The stores have put much of their merchandise away so they can display Christmas decorations and gifts that they make you think you can’t live without. The Bible tells us that the Magi brought gifts to Jesus. They were gifts from the heart and they bowed down and worshiped Him. Christian giving is a grace. It is the power of God’s love at work in a Christian’s life. The Bible gives us an example of giving by the Macedonian churches. “Moreover, brethren, we do you to wit of the grace of God bestowed on the churches of Macedonia; How that in a great trial of affliction the abundance of their joy and their deep poverty abounded unto the riches of their liberality. For to their power, I bear record, yea, and beyond their power they were willing of themselves; Praying us with much intreaty that we would receive the gift, and take upon us the fellowship of the ministering to the saints. And this they did, not as we hoped, but first gave their own selves to the Lord, and unto us by the will of God. Insomuch that we desired Titus, that as he had begun, so he would also finish in you the same grace also. Therefore, as ye abound in every thing, in faith, and utterance, and knowledge, and in all diligence, and in your love to us, see that ye abound in this grace also.” (2 Corinthians 8:1- 7 KJV) They gave voluntarily, motivated by sincere love. We can follow this example in our own lives, not just at Christmas, but all year long. We can allow gift giving to take away the true meaning of Christmas but it doesn’t have to if we give with a grateful heart and remember the greatest gift that God gave…His Son. Gifts don’t have to be material gifts. Some of the best gifts we can give are our time, prayer, encouragement, unconditional love and so on. These are probably the hardest gifts to gift but they are also the most important gifts you can give. Our children may want gifts that really aren’t good for them and we need to give good gifts as God gives us. “Every good gift and every perfect gift is from above, and cometh down from the Father of lights, with whom is no variableness, neither shadow of turning.” (James 1:17 KJV) May we give good gifts, remembering the greatest gift of all…Jesus Christ!