We don’t need to go to the Mall to know that the Christmas season is a time of giving. Fortunately it’s not all about the “loot.” Food banks are filled, Toys for Tots overflow, and random acts of giving make headlines. We give a little extra to the people often taken for granted – the paper boy who comes rain or shine, the barber who always smiles when you enter his place and is ready with a joke, or the hairdresser who always “fits you in.” We make sure our friends know how special they are to us by sending them a card, some homemade jam, or sending them some decadent candy. We seek by giving gifts, giving love, and giving of self to be more like Christ.
So as we begin this week of preparation for Christmas day, perhaps it is fitting to take a few more moments during our daily meditation to think about the gifts we already possess, to give thanks for them, and then to ask how do I share my gifts with others, especially children. Pray to receive a giving heart and loving soul and then meditate on how to spread your wealth with others.
This Christmas, one thing to consider giving is “hope.” Besides being a time for giving, Christmas is a time for hope – hope for a better world, hope for peace, hope for cures and less suffering, etc. What greater gift can you give, especially to your children, than to give them your hopes. You will find when you give your “hopes” to another you are giving them a part of you. You are sharing your dreams and letting them be part of your dreams. Engage the children in hope. You will be giving them “loads of loot.” Merry Christmas.