giftsConsider 3 Gifts to bring not only in the days leading up to Christmas but during the Christmas Season from Matthew 2:10-12:

[10] When they saw the star, they rejoiced exceedingly with great joy;
[11] and going into the house they saw the child with Mary his mother,        and they fell down and worshiped him. Then, opening their treasures, they offered him gifts, gold and frankincense and myrrh.
[12] And being warned in a dream not to return to Herod, they departed to their own country by another way.

The wise men brought 3 wonderful gifts:

Gold… Gold is a gift for a King.  Gold reveals something about a treasure.  Christ is that treasure and king!  What gold can you give in your life to be a gift and treasure to others?  How can you use your gift or talent during Christmas to show Christ to others?

Frankincense…This is usually burned when offering something to God or in prayer.  How can your words and actions this Christmas be an offering to praise and love God?  This is a holy time, don’t miss the opportunity to make your actions and words an authentic offering to Christ, the newborn king.  Offer Him your committment to live for Him as he comes into your heart this Christmas is the gift Christ wants! After all, it’s his Birthday!

Myrrh…This is an odd gift.  Myrrh is a scent or a balm usually used at the time of death.  This gift is a a prefiguring of Christ’s death on the cross.  Our gift is to die to our sinful ways and our imperfections so we can be the best-version-of-ourselves for Christ to use.  We want to die to what does not lead us and others closer to God’s will.

They departed…by another way — May we depart by another way having really lived this Advent Season and Christmas Season to the full.

May Christ reign anew in your hearts this Christmas!  The world longs for the gifts of our Gold, Frankincense and Myrrh!