It sure feels great to have all my Christmas shopping done! My daughter and I
spent the day on a shopping expedition. In the early afternoon we found
all the presents we wanted to give. Then came the really hard part. We
spent the early evening wrapping them!
We really had a blast wrapping all the giftschoosing the right
wrapping paper for each one, picking out a bow, and then selecting just
the right name tag for each gift. But while we enjoyed our task,
neither of us is what you would call an expert wrapper. It took us a
LONG time to get each of the presents wrapped. When we finished it
looked like a bomb had gone off in the room. But my oh my! The
different sizes, shapes, colors, papers, and bows made the presents look
fantastic under the twinkling Christmas lights on the tree.
Was it worth all the effort? You bet it was. For the next several
weeks, each of us will sneak by the tree when we think no one is
looking. We'll shake our boxes, inspect their size and anticipate their
contents. While we may think we know whats inside, we wont know for
sure until we open them! The wrapping paper adds to the fun and
excitement, beauty, and anticipation of Christmas.
But Christmas isnt just about brightly wrapped presents. During the
holidays, we cram our houses full of people, eat too much, stir up all
sorts of bad memories and nudge open old grudges. Quite frankly, we
sometimes have a little too much of each other. We stay up too late,
the kids begin to get irritable, and then someone pushes our button.
LOOK OUT!boom, out comes something we really didnt mean to say. We
dump a big ouchie in the lap of someone we love. We really didnt
mean it. It just slipped out. But there it is, an unnecessary wound.
If only wed taken the time to wrap our words in kindness, tact, and
courtesy rather than sarcasm, ridicule, or bitterness.
This Christmas, lets make sure that the presents under the tree are not
the only thing wrapped with care. When it comes to talking to our
families and friends, lets make sure we dont forget the wrapping