It’s 10:30 a.m. Tuesday morning, December 26. I know where many of you are. You have bundled up the gifts you don’t like, the one that is the wrong size, or wrong color or just generally undesirable, and you have once again descended upon the mall. Besides, there are those after Christmas sales you just can’t pass up.
I remember those days. I couldn’t get out of the house fast enough. I had to have wrapping paper, ribbon, and you name it. No more!
My birthday is the 28th, so my brother wanted to go birthday shopping today, but I vetoed that. My sole purpose for today is to eat leftovers and lie on the sofa, while my Christmas gifts remain stacked in their boxes in my bedroom floor—the wrong colors, the wrong sizes, and the things I certainly don’t need. Like Scarlett, in “Gone with the Wind,” I will think about that tomorrow. Maybe I will become a Re-Gifter.
Though I have trouble doing such a thing, I guess re-gifting has become a time-honored practice. In fact, more than three in four Americans find re-gifting socially acceptable.
There are some rules to re-gifting. Don’t re-gift among the same social circle or friends and extended family. Let some time elapse before reusing the gift. It must have value and always be new and in original packaging. A re-gift has to come with the right intentions, fit the receiver’s style and be something you would likely have purchased on your own.
If I look long enough, I am sure I can find, in my house, enough new items in original packaging to fill my gift list for next year and years to come,. But then, I fear I would leave my friends and family in the same predicament I am in. What do I do with all these things I can’t use, don’t like, and won’t wear?
There is really only one gift that I can think of that is safe to re-gift to anyone. It is a gift that is appropriate to every lifestyle, appealing to those in every culture, fitting for every age group, meaningful at every intellectual level, relevant in every time and place, and embraced by both the rich and the poor.
This gift, of which I speak, is of course, THE GIFT OF CHRISTMAS—THE GIFT OF LOVE—THE GIFT OF LIFE ETERNAL.
That’s what Christmas is all about. That’s why Jesus came. The beauty of the Christmas tree, the brightly wrapped gifts, and the heavily laden banquet table are only slight glimmers of the glorious gift, of which the angels sang.
The wonder of all of this is that you and I have been accorded the great privilege of giving this gift away.
Romans 6:23 says, “…the gift of God is eternal life in Jesus Christ our Lord.”
Matthew 10:8 tells us, “…Freely you have received, freely give.”
If you have been a recipient of this marvelous, free gift of God, it is time to start giving it away. Amazingly, no matter how often you give or to whom or how many you give, you will never run out. The gift will never wear out or grow threadbare. Its color will never fade or become unappealing. It is a gift that keeps on giving. You can safely re-gift it.
I love Sandi Patti’s song:
Don’t you love to get a present wrapped up in a Christmas bow
God gave each of us a present on that night so long ago.
It’s a gift that keeps on giving if our spirits can receive
It’s the secret joy of living if our hearts can just believe.
When your life is full of Christmas then your life is full of love.
You can give away the present that began with God above.
Just like ripples in the water the circles of our love extend.
What was started with the Father is a Gift that has no end.
AND THE GIFT GOES ON AND ON AND ON—
Remember, the sun will come out tomorrow!