December 26, 2018 (First published December 26, 2015)
Photo by Mark Giles
Who hasn’t been asked this question before?
Who hasn’t asked it? It’s exciting to receive gifts. We have an inborn curiosity about others and a general willingness to share their joy. So it’s natural this question readily passes the lips the day after the First Day of Christmas.
I suggest there’s a better question:
“What did you give for Christmas?”
Asking it could result in awkwardness. It’s not normally asked, for one thing. For another, most people would be uncomfortable reeling off the list of gifts they had scattered abroad. It would sound proud and self-serving.
We who are followers of the Star of the Incarnation know that He told us, when He was an adult, that we are not to give to be “seen of men”. So we have reticence telling what we have given. Therefore, this probably isn’t actually a good question to ask someone.
It’s a great question to ask yourself.
Do it. Ask it! Reflect on the last several days. What were your anticipations and expectations? From where did you most expect the joy to arise – what you hoped to receive, or what you joyfully gave?
I don’t just mean the giving of what you can touch and hold. I mean attitudes, speech, facial expressions, time, and prayer – to start a long list.
What did you give for Christmas?
What will you yet give for Christmas?
Remember this is only the Second Day of Christmas. Plenty of giving opportunity waits just ahead.
This is the second in a series of 12 consecutive articles on the 12 Days of Christmas. Here are links to the rest of the series:
The 12 Days Have Begun!: First Day of Christmas
Most People Missed the Good News: Third Day of Christmas
An Event, But So Much More: Fourth Day of Christmas
Are You Still Playing Carols?: Fifth Day of Christmas
Slow It Down: Sixth Day of Christmas
Silvesterpunsch: Seventh Day of Christmas
Let It Snow (or not): Eighth Day of Christmas
Whatever Happened to Christmas?: Ninth Day of Christmas
We Long for Transcendence, but Look in the Wrong Places: Tenth Day of Christmas
So Done with the Holiday: Eleventh Day of Christmas
Those Who Are Wise Still Seek Him: Twelve Day of Christmas