There were presents at the first Christmas.
Angels brought songs.
Shepherds brought lambs.
Wise men brought gold for a baby who would be King, frankincense for a child who would be Priest and myrrh for One who would die to save the world.
There were presents at the first Christmas, and there will be this Christmas. But perhaps the greatest of all gifts is the gift given to us each year, the gift of a child born in a stable, who promised hope for the future and salvation for all.
This is why Jesus is the gift that keeps on giving! Christ the Lord is born to us at Christmas and God comes to fill our world with hope. A baby worthy of all gifts wants nothing more than our friendship.
May God bless you and all your loved ones this Christmas and in the New Year of 2017.