Finding a deeper meaning to Christmas

Beholding others as loved children of God can bring the healing touch of Christ to people's lives—at the very time it may be most needed.

As a child I loved Christmas—giving and receiving gifts, singing carols, and delighting in the joy of the whole season. But one Christmas I learned a great lesson that helped me understand a deeper meaning of this special time.

I was in high school, delivering flowers part time for a local florist. When no one was home at a recipient's house, I would leave the fragile flowers with a neighbor because of the cold and snow. To my surprise, there were sometimes emotional reactions from the neighbors when they realized the flowers were not for them. A wave of sadness seemed to come over some of them; others seemed a little upset for a moment. I could see how a materialistic sense of the holiday had worn down people's emotions. This had an impact on my youthful joy about the season. If this holiday giving causes unhappiness, is it worth it? I wondered.

Improved schedules
December 21, 1992

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