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Pastor’s Desk: Socks and underwear

Posted on Monday, December 30, 2019 at 4:42 pm

Perhaps, there is no more practical gift you can give a loved one this Christmas.  Two items that—I sincerely hope—all of us use.  And according to a news story I read this week socks and underwear are the Christmas gift that people least want to receive.

Rev. Chris Baker, Centralia First Baptist Church

Rev. Chris Baker, Centralia First Baptist Church

So if you don’t want to disappoint your loved ones this Christmas, maybe think of a different gift to give.  But if you’ve already got socks and underwear wrapped and nestled safely under your Christmas tree, all is not lost.

I mean, disappointment really isn’t all that uncommon around Christmastime.

This time of year brings a lot of joy, but also a lot of pressure, right parents?  You’ve got to pick out just the perfect gift, which means you have a plan.  You have to know what your kids like and what they don’t like and the right colors and there’s always a new Christmas fad or hot toy that’s difficult to get your hands on.

And even in the years where you nail it. . . years where you not only buy the right stuff in the right colors in the right sizes and you even find it on sale, you know, the mythical year when everything falls into place just the way you would have scripted it. . . .there’s a magical moment when your kid opens their perfectly selected, gift, loves it for 10 minutes, and then ends up playing with the box. So they’re not disappointed but you are!

We make such a big deal out of the things on the periphery of Christmas that the risk of frustration and disappointment is very real.