Every good and perfect gift is from above, coming down from the Father of the heavenly lights, who does not change like shifting shadows.
James 1:17 NIV
The estimates for holiday spending in 2021 run from $792 to $1,841, depending on the report. Most Canadians overspent during the holiday season with only 2% sticking to or spending less than their budget. 7% of Canadian consumers overspent their budget by more than a thousand dollars. Millennials are the biggest spenders, while individuals from the greatest generation are likely to spend the least during the holiday season. The amounts Canadians spend on family and friends are almost back to pre-pandemic levels.
While most people think the wise men arrived with their gifts at Christmas, the Bible tells us that it was actually some time later that they arrived – likely close to two years later. We know this because the Bible tells us that evil Herod ordered all the boys two years old and younger to be killed and magi came to where Jesus was staying with His parents. While tradition tells us that the giving of gifts goes back to the gold, frankincense and myrrh that the wise men presented, the reason we give gifts at Christmas is because of the gift that God gave to the world – Jesus. James tells us that every good and perfect gift comes from the Father of lights and none is more precious than the gift of His one and only Son. James 1:17 says “Every good and perfect gift is from above, coming down from the Father of the heavenly lights, who does not change like shifting shadows.” What a wonderful description of Jesus – the good and perfect gift. He is good because He loves us and has redeemed us. He is able to because He is perfect in every way. He is the first Christmas gift.
These have been words from the heart.