I attended a Christmas event recently and part of the activities included sharing about our favorite childhood Christmas toy. The answers were varied, although given the room was filled with women, a doll was probably at the top of the list. Others named a bicycle, Rubik’s cube, Barbie’s and hula hoops; etch a sketch and color-forms; Easy Bake ovens and the magic 8 ball!
Today’s favorites might include a Boogie Board, giant microbes, Star Wars Interactive R2-D2, reptangles, magnetic thinking putty and others. Prices vary from $12.00 to $550.00, a much higher price tag than when I was a child!
It’s interesting how important gifts are when we are children. As a child, we naturally focus on what we want and what we want, now! When I was young, the really big event before Christmas was the arrival of the Sears and Roebuck Christmas Catalogue, along with the J.C. Penny and Montgomery Ward editions. As a child I spent hours, literally, scouring every page, choosing specific toys or clothes, right down to the color and size of the shirt, matching shoes, or dress I wanted. This was followed by all the items I would buy, if I had my own house! The truth is, Christmas in this environment was all about me!
With all the glitz and glitter we often get lost in what Christmas is really about! We get wrapped up in making our children happy trying to fill their wish list as best we can, keeping up with all the social activity, sending Christmas cards, and decorating our house and yards to be a dazzling spectacle for every one who is interested to come see!
Christmas isn’t about glitz, glitter, commercialism, gifts, decorations, parties, baking, or Christmas cards. It’s about the gift of the Christ Child many years ago. It’s about sharing love, holding loved ones close, remembering family ties and strong friendships. It’s about all the Messiah came to tell and share with us: Peace, Joy, and Love. It’s about the Salvation of the world. This is my favorite Christmas gift.
I challenge you to share with us your favorite gift! Tell us why it’s your favorite! Did you have a favorite gift as a child? What made it so?
Merry Christmas, Everyone!