Kids had not gotten so excited on the way to school for a while. Every cold winter morning, it was like in a battle to wake them up and push them to the school. Today they just had half day: after the carol service, immediately followed by the 12 no-school days till the New Year!
During the short 5-minute commute to school, B kept asking for this and that as the bous gifts; of course J and S joined him. They announced their Christmas gifts weeks ago and eventually after "negociation", the pricy shared gift was prepared on the Black Friday and is now under the Christmas tree waiting to be opened. Greed is like the black whole, before they open it, they have already been seeking for the next gifts.
2 more minutes before they got out, I asked them: "Who's birthday eventually are we celebrating for Christmas? It seems we were celebrating yours!"
"It's Lord Jesus'..."
"Well, if it is Jesus', have you parepared any gift for him?"
"How could I give him?" Answered S, as if he'd thought of this question already.
Hmm, tough question! How do we "hand" him a gift.
"Well, you are not necessary to give him a physical gift. Just like being a good kid is the best gift to daddy and mommy."
Before they made any response, they had to get out. Not sure if they would keep pounding on this quesiton, realize the true meaning of Christmas.
A picture appeared in my mind immediately... a card I saw during my first Christmas in the U.S. It was not a fancy, shining one; but a little boy holding a lamb, looking at a shining star far in the sky. Beside it wrote:
What can I give Him, poor as I am?
If I were a shepherd, I would bring a lamb;
If I were a Wise Man, I would do my part;
Yet what I can I give Him: give my heart.
Heavenly Father has given us the most precious and priceless Gift. What can we give Him?
Marry Christmas and a Blessed New Year.
(from Handel's Messiah, perforバッハ・コレギウム・ジャパン, 鈴木雅明)
For unto us a Child is born, unto us a Son is given,
and the government shall be upon His shoulder;
and his name shall be called
Wonderful, Counsellor, the Mighty God, the Everlasting Father, the Prince of Peace.