I've been thinking about the Reason for the season. It's easy at Christmas to get swept up in the buying mode. All around us, advertisers are clamoring for our attention and our dollars. Before we know it, we become one of those grim-faced shoppers racing around the mall looking for the "perfect" gift for everyone on our list. Some may actually end up putting their families in debt as a result of the buying frenzy.
Let's remember that Christmas gift-giving is meant to remind us of the best Gift ever given, God's only Son, lovingly sent to us by way of a manger in a Bethlehem stable. The forgiveness He purchased for us on the cross is free, no strings attached, to all who will receive it. As we celebrate Christmas, let's celebrate the gift of Jesus.