Husbands everywhere can identify with this little poem at Christmastime:
“The wife is shopping for Christmas gifts, With purchases small and large. She doesn’t believe in Santa Clause; She believes in Master Charge!” (1)
Here are the top ten gifts that wives (and girlfriends) probably don’t want for Christmas. (Ladies, give this list to your husbands and boyfriends!
- A car wash kit
- A table saw
- Two all-day passes to Circuit City’s Home Theater Installation Seminar
- A case of oil
- Five-year subscription to Sports Illustrated
- Custom engraved bowling ball
- New outboard motor for fishing boat
- Rambo Trilogy on DVD
- New satellite dish with sports package
- Three-year membership to Weight Watchers Clinic (2)
I (Dawn) watched an adorable video of a little girl, Melissa Lynn, singing “All I Want for Christmas is My Two Front Teeth” …
And then a video of a sweet little girl, Mary Margaret, singing “I Want a Hippopotomus for Christmas” (without music! She is soooo cute) …
And then I thought, How sweet and simple to only want one thing for Christmas!
It seems our Christmas lists are longer and longer these days. There is so much available, and we want it all, don’t we? Not satisfied with our two front teeth or even a hippopotamus, we want the latest and biggest and best of everything … all the new “i-somethings.”
Perhaps with a tightening economy, it’s time to cut those lists down.
I read that in the Great Depression in the 1930s people valued the most simple gifts: a pair of socks, a repaired and painted toy ~ “like new,” a handmade cloth doll, a piece of candy, a quarter, a fruit basket, or even a simple orange.
Often, toys were reserved for the very youngest. If parents could afford to buy gifts, it was something practical like shoes. If a family had a Christmas tree, it was bought at the last minute on Christmas Eve when prices were rock-bottom. Christmas wrapping was carefully removed so the paper could be used again.
A common thing parents said back then was, “Be happy you got what you did get … people are starving!” I’m glad I didn’t have to live through those days, but the determination of parents to bring joy and hope to their children inspires me.
From my grandparents, I learned that it’s not things that make us happy, anyway. As my Grandma Webb said, “If God’s best gift isn’t in your heart, you’re not going to find it under any Christmas tree.”
She was referring, of course, to Jesus.
Blogger Janice Maeditere wrote, “Christmas is not as much about opening our presents as opening our hearts.” (3)
The truth is, we can gain the whole world and lose everything if we don’t have Jesus ~ if we haven’t opened our heart to Him.
It’s like Anne Graham Lotz says in her powerful message of revival ~ “Just give me Jesus!” [Listen to her praise of Jesus in the powerful first part of this 2009 promotional revival trailer for her ministry conferences!]
Christmas is all about Jesus. Why would I not want God’s wonderful gift?
Christmas is about: His love (1 John 4:7-10; John 3:16), His presence (Matthew 1:23, “Immanuel”~God with us), His grace and forgiveness (Ephesians 1:7; Romans 8:1; 1 John 1:9), His rest (Matthew 11:28), His joy (Luke 2:9-12), His peace (Luke 2:13-14; Isaiah 9:6), and so much more!
Is this your heart-cry today ~
All I want for Christmas is … JESUS!