Came across this passage today:
Acts 20:35 - "In all things I have shown you that by working hard in this way we must help the weak and remember the words of the Lord Jesus, how he himself said, ‘It is more blessed to give than to receive.’"
"I am a single mom. Last year at Christmas, someone from my church office called and said that someone had left something for us, anonymously. They gave us 2 $25 Target gift cards - one for me, one for my daughter. I was... so grateful..... I explained to my 7 year old what someone had done for us, and her response was "I already have enough toys mom. I want to use mine to buy toys for other kids. And she did - we went to Target (I'm still thinking at this point the minute she sees the Barbie aisle she's going to forget all about buying for someone else) and she picked out toys, for boys as well as girls, and then we drove straight to the fire station to donate them. I've never been prouder than I was at that moment. My 7 year old already understood the true meaning of Christmas. Sometimes NOT having everything you want turns out to be the best gift of all." (source here)
We are considering instead of getting presents for family that they don't really need (and at times don't even want) giving to a family in need at our church or community.
What has God laid on your heart this Christmas season to celebrate the gift of salvation through Jesus Christ?