One Christmas during the teenage years, my sisters and I decided to make presents for our parents. Lacking the money or the talent (well, this doesn’t apply to my younger sister) to do anything significant, we put our brains together and came up with a plan – boxer shorts. I know. My parents are so lucky to have us!
We went to WalMart (or it could have been K-Mart back then) and bought a package of cheap men’s boxer shorts in baby blue. Some leftover fabric from my mom’s sewing supplies provided the inspiration for decoration. It had penguins and other winter themed designs that we cut out. Using needles and thread that also belonged to my mom, we hand-stitched embellishments all over the shorts.
Despite my mom’s efforts to teach us the craft, seamstresses we were not. Without a sewing machine or any skill, this project took hours. We holed up in our room – imagining the cute and comfy pajama shorts on their recipients. I’ll pause here to tell you that I have no idea why we thought my parents needed or wanted boxers. But they would get them. One with Mama and another with Papa in letters cut out of coordinating material.
The sheer amount of time we spent on these gifts intrigued my folks. And if they were disappointed by them on Christmas morning, we would never know. In fact, I remember my dad wearing his on repeat. Even after the sad little penguins and letters started to fall off. My mom and dad appreciated their gifts because of the sacrifice of time and effort my sisters and I made to provide them.
A More Important Gift
We celebrate Christmas because Jesus came to give us the greatest gift of all. As hard as it is to believe, even better than boxer shorts.
Jesus gave up heaven for a time. He became human, being born as a baby, and lived a perfect life despite temptations. He died an excruciatingly painful and humiliating death on a cross to take the punishment for our sins. And because of this, we are forgiven. Redeemed from sin. Made white and clean as Christmas snow (if you live somewhere that snow actually happens).
The feeding trough in your nativity set (we call it a manger) is only special because of the sacrifices made by the baby Mary and Joseph placed in it. These sacrifices give us salvation. And our salvation is a priceless gift. He is worthy!
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