Tuesday, December 18, 2007
a christmas lesson
This is such a fun time of year! Presents appear like magic under our tree every day! Motch says I've been spending too much time trying to figure out how many presents are MINE, so she sat me down and we had a little chat.
"Petra, she said, "Christmas is more about giving than receiving."
"Oh yeah?" I questioned. "Why?"
So she explained. The very first Christmas present came from God. He gave Jesus to the world and that's why we sing Joy to the World and Have a Holly Jolly Christmas. But it wasn't very holly or jolly for the baby when he came.
You know why? First of all, when it was time for him to be born, there was a "no vacancy" sign on the hotel, so he had to be born in a barn. But my animal friends did what you and I would have done; they gave him a place to sleep. He slept right in their feeding trough.
He wouldn't have fit in mine.
But before his mom put him in that manger, she gave him some swaddling clothes to wear. They must have felt soft and warm!
Some men who were wise found him and gave him gifts of....um, gold and frankincense and myrrh? That's stuff to eat, I hope. He was probably hungry after traveling so far to get here.
So I can see her point. There was a lot of giving going on back then. God started Christmas by giving his son and the animals gave the baby a bed and his mom gave him clothes to wear and the men from the east gave him gifts. And the giving just keeps on going. Today, Santa Paws gives presents to us and we give presents to those we love.
So now she's got me thinking...what will I give this year?