Christmas is the time of giving and love. We exchange gifts  during this season, which signifies different gifts we received from God. Giving should be out of love, it should not be dependent upon what the recipient deserves. If giving gifts was meant  to be  to give what the recipient deserved, then Jesus would have never died for our sins. The true meaning of gift giving should be out of love for the recipient. We should never expect something in return, because we did something to some one else.
In our society, there are also people who can’t afford even a simple meal once in a day. They may not have even breakfast on Christmas morning. The food you send to such person(s) or families would be so welcomed that you would be overwhelmed on how they appreciate the kind action of yours. To them you would be a God sent one to make them happy and to remove their reproach on a special day like Christmas. Some people may not have changed their clothes for months or even years. So, why not reach out to such persons on Christmas eve putting a smile on their face with a simple, but unique gift of yours. Material gift is not the only gift, but greeting and visiting people with love and smile is yet, another kind of gift which can make a change in their lives; make them feel that they are also a part of this beautiful world. Infact, it is the time for showing love to all, irrespective of rich and the poor.
As we celebrate the birth of Christ, His humility and His willingness to give up grandeur to come and born into a lowly human in a lowly manger, we also must contemplate His birth in our hearts, how that birth should change us and how our behaviour should reflect the gift that was given to us. The world is in turmoil today with protest against corporations hitting the streets all around the world, violence erupting in many places, and stress and pain seemingly all around us. Let this Christmas bring peace and hope among the people and make this world a better place and a less stressful world. Merry Christmas!

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