I hear that people who estimate are estimating that there will be $46 billion in Christmas gift returns this year. Honestly, that makes me uneasy. With all the effort that so many put into gift giving and the extra work that so many people do in order to afford these gifts, it seems completely rude to just turn around and get cash for them. One of the most exciting parts of Christmas for me is to be able to watch my kids open up their gifts that we have carefully chosen for them based on their likes.
As you see below, they really did enjoy their gifts this year.
We hope to teach our kids to be thankful for whatever is given to them, no matter how large or small. If it isn’t their favorite thing, that is alright because someone thought enough to get them something. We should never take it for granted that we will get loaded with gifts.
We have a lot to be thankful for. God gives to each one of us so many good gifts. Even the worst of circumstances have blessings in them, even if they are hard to see. I know if I enjoy giving my kids gifts this much, I can’t even imagine what it is like for God to have given us all that He has. When Jesus came it was in love that God sent Him.
So, I am thankful that God loved me so much that He gave me a way to Him in Jesus Christ. I am thankful that in this world now there are people who love my family and bless us in many ways each year. My kids are amazing and even all the early mornings and stress are worth it when I get that little “I love you so much dad.” To watch them open up their gifts that we chose for them was amazing as they jumped up and down in excitement because it was appreciated. Sure, it is just stuff, but it is the idea behind that stuff that makes it important.
This year my 7-year-old son took an ornament off the tree, wrapped it in a box with a handwritten note that said, “To Mom and Dad. You guys are cool. Peace.” To some that would be ridiculous and tacky. To me it was the most precious thing because it was something he did on his own for us. He was simply giving from what he had. I would never want to take that back for any amount of cash.
Let’s not reduce this season of giving to a bunch of money changing hands. It that is all it is, then let’s not do it anymore. I have had enough of the money thing and the constant drone about how retailers need to make money. Who cares how important this is for retailers?
It is about the people, not about the dollars.