Christmas Is About Love

It seems as if each year there are some gifts more sought after than others. The website Statistic Brain has tracked the "must-have Christmas gift" for the past few decades. In 1983 everyone had to have a cabbage patch doll. In 1985 we just had to have an $18 Pound Puppy. In 1989 American households scrambled to get a new Game Boy, followed by the 1995 Beanie Baby craze, and the 1996 Tickle Me Elmo frenzy. In the ensuing years American consumers knocked themselves out to buy the following top yearly must-have Christmas gifts: a new iPod (2002), A Wii (2006), a Kindle (2010), the Angry Birds Board Game (2011), the Doc McStuffins doll (2013), and the Frozen Sing Along Elsa Doll (2015).

This year is no different. Recently Country Living magazine put together a list of the most popular Christmas gifts for 2022. Here they are.

  • Fleece Lined Leggings- These waterproof and inexpensive leggings are going to be her new favorite piece of clothing for the winter season.
  • Lightning Reaction Reloaded– This game is all about just how quickly you react, and the hilarious shock that comes when you’re last.
  • Rechargeable Portable Hand Warmer– Rechargeable hand warmers are a necessity for the cold winter days ahead.
  • Two Million Dollar Puzzle– Once the puzzle is complete, it reveals a scannable QR code so you might just win between $1 and $1 million.
  • Gold Letter Necklace– This piece will have her looking as stylish as ever, all while staying on budget.
  • Men’s Sherpa-Lined Pullover
  • Mini Fridge
  • Indoor/Outdoor Warm-Up Bootie
  • Wearable Blanket Hoodie
  • Mini Waffle Maker– It can whip up everything from waffles to hash browns, bake a single-serving cookie or pizza, and more.
  • Beanie Hat with Rechargeable Light
  • Claw Clips
  • One-Step Volumizer Hair Dryer and Hot Air Brush– It gives blow-out quality hair without the salon price.
  • Infrared Laser Tag with Vests
  • Sunrise Alarm Clock– Waking up to natural light gives your body the kickstart it needs to get the day started.
  • Smart Meat Thermometer with Bluetooth– Place it in your meat before you start cooking and it’ll tell you exactly when to pull it out. 
  • Magnetic Wireless Portable Charger– This magnetic wireless option connects directly to the back of an iPhone and automatically charges.
  • My Comic Book-Making Kit
Maybe something on that list intrigues you. But each year the “hot” gifts change… that is probably because on some level those gifts lose their appeal or usefulness. In contrast, God sent a love gift to us all 2000 years ago in the form of His son Jesus. It was and remains to this day the most powerful gift of love for all time. “For God so loved the world, that he gave his only Son, that whoever believes in him should not perish but have eternal life.” (John 3:16) Now that is a gift that never losses its usefulness. If you have never received this Christmas love gift, it is yours for the taking! Why not do so today.

And remember, God is always trying to take you someplace new. I love being your pastor!

Merry CHRISTmas,
Pastor Ray
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