When I was a child one of my favorite parts about wrapping gifts was finding a way to disguise the gift. Everyone in my family seemed to get into the “game.” If I was giving a cassette tape to one of my brothers, I would find the biggest box I could to wrap it in so they wouldn’t immediatly figure out what the gift was when they saw the package. Often I would even wrap the cassette in a shirt or a bath towel before putting it in the box so it would not make any sounds. Sometimes I would even throw in some heavier objects like a book from my bookshelf. It was fun to keep ’em guessing!
I remember I once opened a birthday gift from my brother, Ed. It was a box of Whoppers malted milk balls. On the ouside of the box he had written the words…”Have a whopper of a birthday!” Inside the box among the whoppers was the cassette tape I had been wanting.
I think it is interesting that after 30 years I can’t remember what particular cassette I had requested (even though it was one I really wanted at the time) but I can remember how the gift was presented to me. I guess the saying “presentation is key” is pretty accurate. I remembered the unique and thoughtful wrapping job. I think I appreciated how the gift was presented just as much as the gift itself.
In a few days we will be celebrating another birthday. The birth of Christ was a present given to all of us, uniquely wrapped for us. Our Saviour was presented to us as a little baby. The most delicate, humble form He could have taken. Very memorable don’t you think?
“While they were there, the time came for the baby to be born, and she gave birth to her firstborn, a son. She wrapped him in cloths and placed him in a manger, because there was no guest room available for them. And there were shepherds living out in the fields nearby, keeping watch over their flocks at night. An angel of the Lord appeared to them, and the glory of the Lord shone around them, and they were terrified. But the angel said to them, “Do not be afraid. I bring you good news that will cause great joy for all the people. Today in the town of David a Savior has been born to you; he is the Messiah, the Lord. This will be a sign to you: You will find a baby wrapped in cloths and lying in a manger.” (Luke 2:6-12)
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