Our neighbors got together for an after Christmas white elephant gift exchange. If you don’t know what it is, Wikipedia explains it this way:
“The goal of a white elephant gift exchange is to entertain party-goers rather than to gain a genuinely valuable or highly sought-after item. The term white elephant refers to an extravagant, impractical gift that cannot be easily disposed of.”
The funny thing is that the neighbor who hosted the event ended up going home with the most hideous gift, a water fountain of purple and orange flowers. My husband and I didn’t fare much better though, he got a set of monogrammed Christmas dishtowels with an “M,” and I got a Santa candle that will probably look like Quasimodo if I ever decide to light it. Oh, the things we do for entertainment! I expect that most of these gifts will end up in the trash or stuffed in a closet somewhere so it’s forgotten.
There is one gift that this season brought that everyone should give away, and that’s Jesus. Once you’ve received this gift, you must give it away; it’s life-changing and life-giving. Won’t you make it a goal of the new year to give Jesus to as many as you can? You will receive joy in return and treasures in heaven. It’s worth it!
For by grace you have been saved through faith. And this is not your own doing; it is the gift of God, not a result of works, so that no one may boast. Ephesians 2:8-9