33 Dots: Stockings
“And the stockings were hung by the chimney with care in the hopes that St. Nicholas soon would be there.”
Christmas has come and gone but not the spirit of Christmas – that’s what should last all year.
Today I drew my 33 dots again. This time I saw the stockings immediately.
Although some people think that Santa shouldn’t be part of Christmas, I disagree. I think that the giving part of Santa should stay alive. As long as we don’t put “getting” before “giving” we will be okay.
On the top of the mantel is the true meaning of Christmas, the Babe, Jesus, arrived in the flesh. The Incarnation. God with us.
I love the story called “Santa’s Favorite Story”. Santa is worn out, but discovers that he can find happiness again in giving as he remembers the true meaning of Christmas. Simple but powerful.
A gift opens the way
and ushers the giver into the presence of the great (Proverbs 18:16, NIV).
You will be enriched in every way so that you can be generous on every occasion, and through us your generosity will result in thanksgiving to God (2 Corinthians 9:11, NIV).
Let’s keep the giving alive at Christmas. But let’s put to rest the getting.
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