The Forgotten Christmas List

This year, especially, I’ve been struck by the abundance of Christmas adverts, but one in particular stood out, which is the one for Debenhams. I wondered if we are now viewing Christmas through the lens of these adverts and have we forgotten the real meaning of Christmas?
The Debenhams advert is all about finding the right gift- with the slogan “Found it!” But it’s not quite as straightforward as that, is it? We agonise over which gift to give and to whom, which then involves traipsing around a shopping centre, or perhaps you are just a ‘click’ for Christmas shopper. And then there is the moment when we realized we’ve forgotten to buy for Auntie Janet!!
Of course there are always presents still in the cupboard from last year, which you haven’t even opened or used, sound familiar? There are so many other things to preoccupy us too at this time of year, the question of food, will there be enough? Is the turkey the right size? , however, for some turkey dinners will only be a wish not a reality. Also not forgetting the Christmas tree lights which you didn’t untangle from last year! But surely Christmas is more than this?
It’s so easy for ourselves o be irresistibly drawn in with all the hype and stress, as we make our endless lists and prepare for the ‘big day!’ that we also can forget why we celebrate. Preparation, is important of course, for all the practical things needed to be done at Christmas, but so is preparing our hearts to receive the greatest gift of all-Jesus!
He left all the riches of heaven and came down to earth to reach into our lives to rescue us, to save us and it’s not until we find him, the perfect gift- we can say Found it!- because nothing else will satisfy, nothing else will last. His gift of salvation is free, he’s waiting to give it to you, and all you have to do is receive it and give our heart to him this Christmas.
The carol In the Bleak mid winter, expresses it this way;-.
What can I give Him, Poor as I am?
If I were a shepherd I would bring a lamb;
If I were a wise man I would do my part;
Yet what I can, I give Him – Give my heart.
So this Christmas what will your response be to the greatest gift of all- Jesus the Saviour of the world?