I have talked about this before.
My wife has a problem. I may have to have an intervention.
She can’t get enough of it. She loves everything about it.
The planning…the shopping…the decorations…the shopping…the music…the shopping…the tree…the shopping…the baking of cookies…the shopping…the stockings…the shopping…the lights…the shopping…the candles…the shopping…the movies…the shopping…the crowds…the shopping.
She will go from the extreme high of Christmas morning to a slight depression the next morning that lasts until she gets up and takes off for all of those “After Christmas” deals and starts the process for next year’s holiday. I mean she has to get busy because Christmas is only 365 days away.
Did I mention she loves the shopping?
Yes, Christmas…she loves it.
Everything except the wrapping.
She hates the wrapping… you would never really pick that up if you would take a tour of our Christmas warehouse of a basement. We have more ribbons and bows than we ever could use and we have “in stock” more wrapping paper than our local Wal-Mart.
I learned a very simple truth a long time ago. If you look like you are trying but do something intentionally bad the first time you usually do not get asked a second time to do it. This is the simple truth I learned about wrapping presents. The first time my wife asked me to help wrap presents I intentionally wrapped the box really bad and I was relieved of my duties.
I have tried to tell my wife that it isn’t about the wrapping.
There is a cute commercial running on TV right now. The Grandpa is asking his son on Skype how the baby likes the present he sent for Christmas. They show grandpa that the baby is having a ball with the box and ignoring the present. That happens every year.
Babies always play with the box, but as they mature the box is just in the way of what they want. Sure they admire it but make it as pretty as you want and they still just want what’s inside!
That whole wrapping the present thing is all too often a picture of the season. We spend all that time and effort to make it look perfect and in reality it is what is on the inside of the box that makes the present special. It isn’t the wrapping paper nor the bag that makes it special.
It is the gift itself… it is the thought and purpose of the gift. The gift is given out of love and it is an expression of that love to the person receiving the gift. It matters not how it was wrapped or its appearance. The important part of giving a gift is the gift itself.
The real gift of the season, the reason for the season is not the wrapped box. As a matter of fact, I have never seen a BOX that even remotely could contain the real gift of the Christmas season. Ultimately, the true gift of Christmas is “wrapped” up in the birth of Jesus Christ. God’s gift to us… that led to Christ’s gift of forgiveness to us by His death on the cross of Calvary.
There is nothing wrong with Boxes, just keep in mind they are ONLY BOXES and don’t let them replace the real gift of Christmas, a real relationship with His Son, Jesus Christ.
So as my wife continues to wrap presents, I know that these presents that she wraps with loving care is an expression of her love for those she loves. Her heart is in the right place and I look at her with awe and I am proud to be her husband. She is the example of what Christmas should be for all of us.
So for the rest of us that may have a little bit of Scrooge in us or may be too concerned about how the box looks… let’s not try to get so wrapped up with the box that we never get to the true gift of Christmas.