So, what is on your Christmas list? Toys, tools, clothes, luggage, honey, beeswax candles, old pictures, etc...?
How about fellowship, reuniting with family, or maybe honoring the real reason for the season? Every year during my retail career, I dreaded Christmas season. Why? Because everyone became the Grinch whole stole my Christmas joy at one time or another. Oh sure, happy to get a bargain on footwear or western clothing, but come Boxing day.... UGH!!!
Well, now that I have been away from retail for 19 years, I am slowly getting my Christmas cheer back. Each year, as I get older, I feel more like a kid at Christmas. The giving and outpouring of love to those less fortunate is precious to me. Hearing stories of old when families gathered around the fire and enjoyed each other's company. Most of all, the look of surprise and sheer joy in a child's eyes on Christmas morning or when around Santa.
As you make your way to completing your Christmas shopping list, put yourself in the place of a clerk. Think of what it is like for them during this time of year. Think of all the clerks and shoppers that know not of the real reason for Christmas. Then cheer some good Christmas cheer with all and to all the message of God's Love, Grace, and Jesus.