Wrapping things up

When it comes to wrapping presents there are different schools of thought. Some opt for a plain and simple approach with nice paper, neatly wrapped; some like to add ribbons and bows that look very pretty; and some dispense with wrapping altogether and just pop the gift in a pretty bag. In the end, of course, however exciting the wrapping, it’s the gift inside that counts.

When it came to wrapping the first Christmas gift, God decided not to go down the route of pretty paper with all the trimmings but chose instead a swaddling cloth. It was the gift inside that was the treasure to be discovered, and even that wasn’t dressed up to look good. The Bible says that Jesus had, ‘no beauty or majesty to attract us to him, nothing in his appearance that we should desire him’.

So, this Christmas don’t be dazzled and misled by the scale and extravagance of the wrapping that may surround your gifts. Instead remember that the greatest gift ever given came in the plainest of packaging.

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