So, here are my thoughts about gift-giving at Christmas; I believe in giving gifts for all ages. Yesterday when I was talking with a co-worker, she asked if I had received any gifts for Christmas? My answer was yes. She was surprised because she knew that my husband and I were alone for Christmas. She then asked if we still give each other gifts for Christmas? I again said yes. She replied that she and her husband stopped giving each other gifts long ago. And this is why I want to explain my thoughts on giving gifts.
At Christmas, we celebrate the birth of Jesus. The birth of Jesus was a gift from God. And to show our acceptance of this gift, we are to give others gifts likewise. That doesn’t have an age limit. People say, including my husband, well we buy what we want when we want it, we don’t need anything. Buying gifts isn’t just buying what you want. We didn’t ask God to give us his only son; He gave him to us because he wanted a relationship with us, and to have that relationship, we needed Jesus. There is way more to it than that, but for this article, I hope you understand the condensed version. Giving a gift to someone who buys everything they want is tricky; you have to know the person. And that’s the point when God gave us his only son; that wasn’t easy. It was well thought out. It brought joy, happiness, and everlasting life to man. And that’s what we are to give when we buy gifts. Well, just the joy and happiness part.
My husband and I make each other a list, and we pretty much stick to the list each year, but we don’t buy the whole list. Even though I know what I’m getting is from my list, it still creates joy and happiness because he took the time to buy the gift for me. And it’s fun to see which things I got from my list.
I hope you enjoyed my thoughts on the reason for gift giving. I would love to hear your thoughts. Would you please leave me a comment? Changes are coming for the new year!
2 thoughts on “Does gift giving stop after you reach a certain age?”
I believe that many people have lost the art of selecting gifts for others. I remember a time when there were no spending limits proclaimed for gifts with friends or family. When a person would go shopping for a gift, each gift was selected especially for each person…no matter the price. (Within reason) The hands on experience of physically shopping and selecting made the whole gift giving process special. Now most gifts are purchased online and shipped directly…so the joy may be diminished.
Exchanging Christmas cards is another wonderful tradition that is dying away…I so much enjoy giving and receiving beautiful Christmas cards. It’s hard for me to understand why any person would not enjoy receiving a card that celebrates the beauty of Christmas, and is the proof that another person thought enough of them to send a card.
Yes! I agree with all you said. We seem to no longer want to make the effort to do anything. We want instant gratification, instant satisfaction. I see it at my job, I’m a custodian by choice not because I had to have a job. I clean at a high school. And I am shocked at how things are done. All emphasis is on sanitizing and hands off cleaning. I’m old school you have to use some elbow grease to get things clean. But everything is about less effort. 😔🙃
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