"Do not be afraid. I bring you good news of great joy that will be for all the people.
Today in the town of David a Savior has been born to you; he is Christ the Lord.
This will be a sign to you: You will find a baby wrapped in cloths and lying in a manger."
The lights that we string around our tree, and adorn every eve and crest of our homes, were originally placed to showcase the fact that Christ is the 'light of the world.' The gifts that we spend hours agonizing over and wrapping are meant to represent the gifts that the wisemen brought Jesus after following a star.
This Christmas I challenge you to pause, even for a moment, to reflect on the simplicity of a baby; a baby that came to save the world...a big task, but not one to large for a God that loves us so much. The gift is simply waiting...it might not be the most flashy gift under your tree, but it certainly is the only gift that will last forever.