Later that night Christmas Eve, we sat by the fire sipping on some Christmas cheer.
I felt depressed and let down for the old craftsman.
I felt an empty hole deep inside of me.
But then my old friend spoke up and said “There is more to Christmas than just presents, Pig. I knew before I even took that toy box over there she wouldn’t like it.”
Then why did you do it? Why go through all that trouble and expense?
A smile came across his face, one that warmed the room. I could feel peace in the air. “I learned a long, long time ago you came never outgive the greatest gift ever given” he said.
Christmas is not about presents, or trees, lights and decorations. Christmas is about the one present God gave each of us, His son, Jesus Christ. That is the greatest gift ever given.
It says in John 3:16 For God so loved the world that he gave his only son for those who believe in Him will have everlasting life.
That woman has spent her whole life busy trying to keep up with the Jones. She has lost any clue as to what Christmas is all about.
I built that toy box for my nephew, not for her. What she wanted was a high dollar piece of furniture to make her house look good. But it was not for her.
A hand made present has more meaning than any store bought present ever could. It means that you care enough about that person to spend time doing something nice for them.
I have received lots of Christmas presents through the years. Right now I cannot remember but only a few of them. But what I do remember is the Christmas gatherings and time I spent with family and friends. That means more to me than any present ever could.
Christmas is about our love for one another. It’s not about all that psycho baloney “Oh, I didn’t get the G.I. Joe with the kung foo grip for Christmas and now I am scarred for life and it’s all your fault”.
There was a pause as we both took a good long drag off of our Christmas cheer.
Then he said, “Pig, I want to learn to live your life by three little words.”
“OK, hit me.”
“Live, Laugh, Love” he said to me.
Live your life to the fullest each day as if it was your last.
Laugh with all of your might at everything funny.
Love with all your heart and all your soul.
There was another pause as I soaked in the words he had just spoken to me.
I looked at him and he smiled back at me. “Does this mean you won’t like my Christmas present to you?”
“What did you buy me Pig?”
“A six pack of beer.”
“Well then break it out and we’ll share it together my little pink friend” he said with a boisterous laugh as he gave me a hug. I have to admit, sitting by the fire with my best friend just talking and laughing. Well, that beer tasted pretty darn good to me.
Merry Christmas Everybody
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