The Best Gift

Day Twenty-four – 12/23/14 – Tuesday

Advent-Logo“When they had seen him, they spread the word concerning . . . this child” (Luke 2:17).

While growing up in the 1940’s and 1950’s, we lived on a small dairy farm in upstate New York.  The farm belonged to our maternal grandparents and was a place of refuge for my sister, three brothers and me.  Gram and Trum did their best to take care of us during those difficult years from 1948 onward.  Our father was around part of the time but needed to stay in the city, about 20 miles away, to earn a living and try to send what he could to help out with expenses.    We always had food enough to eat and a warm place to lay our heads but not very many “extras” like bicycles, skates and other toys with which to play.  Our greatest joy most Christmas seasons was to spend time pouring over the various catalogs, especially from Sear & Roebuck and Montgomery Wards.  My, but those pictures were something to drool over!  We dreamed of having enough to purchase gifts for the whole family and something for ourselves.  Most times that was all that happened – we dreamed.

The best thing that happened at Christmas was that it was a time when most of our aunts, uncles and cousins came to the farm for the holiday.  What joy to have someone other than ourselves to play with and to visit with!  Then one Christmas there in the living room around the tree were three sleds for us to use.  I believe they were brand new and not hand-me downs.  We could hardly wait to get outside and try them out.  Of course we had to wait until all the chores were done and breakfast was out of the way and only then could we head out for some sledding.  What a time all of us and our cousins had that year!

Several years later after our own children were born I began telling the stories about the days when I was a child and the above story was one of those.  A few years ago I revived that and put it on my blog-spot so they could read and use that and other stories for themselves.

What is the best gift you received for Christmas? Have you told anyone about it? If it was truly special, you probably have? Have you told anyone about Jesus? He is far better than any gift we find under a tree. He is God’s “indescribable gift” (2 Corinthians 9:15).

Prayer: O God, thank You for giving us Christ, who is worth talking about!

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