The First Gift

12/24/2012

~Remembering the Reason for the Season~

Matthew 2.9 Wise Men following starAs I set about my flurry of activity for creating my turkey feast for my beloved family of five today, in my heart I hold the sacredness of the birth of Christ.

My cherished nativity scene is set prominently in the living room and it reminds of the true meanings of why we celebrate and give gifts to each other. Every year, as I carefully remove each of the 12 china statues from its place in the storage case, I play the song ‘O Come All Ye Faithful’ and sing along as I set it up, finishing by placing baby Jesus on his manger.

In 1993, Richard Paul Evans published a book called The Christmas Box and by 1995 it reached Number 1 on the NY Times bestseller list. Also in 1995 it was made into a television movie starring Richard Thomas and Maureen O’Hara, still incredibly beautiful at 75. The movie is a favorite of mine, and I want to share a part that especially touches me. (Spoiler alert)

nativityMaureen O’Hara’s character, Mrs. Parkin, asked Richard (also his name in the movie) a riddle of “What was the first gift of Christmas?” He poked fun by responding, “A tie?”

She persisted, and as her health began to fail, he struggled with what the correct answer was. Feeling he’d figured it out, he came to her. He asked, “Is the answer ‘Love’?” She smiled and said, “That’s very close, Richard.” Days passed and other things were happening to Richard, aiding in his personal growth and maturity. Suddenly he had it. He went to her bedside and proclaimed that he now knows what the first gift of Christmas was: “A child.” The lovely and wise elderly woman nods and beams at him, as he finally understands.

May we all remember that God so loved the world that he gave us Jesus Christ, whose spirit lives on within us. As we celebrate, let us remember to say Happy Birthday Jesus at this time of year when we acknowledge his birth. Oh come let us adore him.

7 responses to The First Gift

  1. 

    Thank you. Happy Christmas. Merry Christmas.

  2. 

    Merry Christmas and thank you for O come all ye faithfull, my favourite of all, and just sung it in church! Love Ute x

    • 

      Thank you Ute, for your kind comment and encouragement! I’m so glad you enjoyed this post, and that you recently sang this powerfully touching song at your church. How lovely.
      Love and hugs, Gina

  3. 

    Both the book {movie} and song one of my favorites. I have not read the book but I should, the movie was great. My son took me to see Casting Crowns in concert a few years ago and it was great.