Friday, November 26, 2010

Giving Three Gifts~




Long ago I remember my days at MOPS.  It was during this time that I was introduced to the idea of giving only “Three Gifts for Christmas.” I wanted to start this tradition but never did. My Mom ~who happened to be a single Mom ~always made sure we had many presents under the tree. It was the time of the year that we received all the things we needed (like pajamas, socks, clothes and slippers) along with those special things we wanted of course. So in my mind my fondest memories of Christmas were a huge array of gifts under the tree.  I love seeing all the presents arranged like decorations under the Christmas tree.

However ~ it seems with the economy and tougher times for many people~ it seems the Christmas budget is getting smaller.

I think I am going to start a new tradition with the new set of children coming up~the grandchildren. Maybe a new tradition will be born in the Shindorf home.

What were the three gifts that the wise man presented on that day they visited the King Jesus ~the very first Christmas?

The Gift of Gold~
Gold is of great value~ expensive.  This gift could be that special gift that the child truly wants and of course the most precious thing they have been wishing for~ wrapped in gold paper .

The Gift of Frankincense~

Frankincense was the spice that was burned in the Temple during Jesus’ time. This gift could be one that will encourage growth in his or her spiritual walk. This gift could be a new Bible, devotion book, Christian music or even a Christian Movie.

The Gift of Myrrh~

In the Bible times Myrrh was a spice that was used to embalm the dead ~not such a sweet thought but it was said to be what Mary carried to the tomb to anoint Jesus’ body. So how can we relate this to gift giving?  The gift of Myrrh is the gift that covers the body. This gift could represent the gift of clothing, bath and body things and of course pajamas.

I love giving gifts and I think this could be a wonderful way to keep the focus on Jesus and his birthday.

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