The average American will spend close to $800 this year on Christmas gifts. That number is for the average person, not even the average family, which would be much higher. Most Americans will also take on some credit debt this Christmas in order to get their loved ones all the gifts they want. Of course, all of this spending is in the name of Jesus, the reason for the season, right?
Even good stewards can easily get sucked into excessive spending at Christmas time. We have been programmed by our culture to see the season as the time for giving better gifts than at any other time of the year. But the reality is that Christmas should be seen as a time where those outward things matter the least, and what really matters is the reality of family and the experience of Christmas traditions together. But we have to be mature disciples to see it that way.
As everyday stewards we need to give gifts with greater meaning rather than a bigger price tag. We are accountable to God for each dollar we spend, so we need to spend wisely. Also, I doubt Jesus has any desire to be used as the reason why your credit card bill is so high.
God becoming man is a complete example of gift giving. God gave to us His only Son so we what have eternal life. It had nothing to do with money, and everything to do with giving completely of one’s self. Christmas gifts are good and important traditions, but it is the giving of ourselves to one another that truly identifies the real reason for the season.