Several years ago, I was inspired by my friend Mel,
@ Psycho with 6, to change our families gift giving traditions dramatically.
How do you get a family to change 20+ years of tradition without a major meltdown?
It was actually quite easy. Our children were grown and our grandchildren were young; so, it seemed like a perfect time for change. Now in its fourth year, this meaningful way of gifting has been embraced with even greater enthusiasm.
- Gold – a gift given to royalty. Pure gold was considered to be a gift of virtue. For us gold reminds us that our holy Savior is the King of kings, and Lord of lords.
- Frankincense – a gift of costly resin used in incense, to represent the prayers of the people ascending to God. For us frankincense reminds us that Jesus is our high priest, who sits at the right hand of the Father, and intercedes on our behalf as we lift our prayers in His precious name.
- Myrrh – a gift which foreshadowed Jesus suffering and death. Myrrh was used medicinally as an anointing oil for wounds, and an embalming oil following death. The gift of myrrh reminds us of Jesus sacrifice. His very life for our salvation.
No, we don’t actually wrap up little packages of gold, frankincense, and myrrh each year. We give each person three gifts with Magi meaning:
- Gold – a gift the person has listed as their “treasure.” This doesn’t need to be costly . . . just have value for them.
- Frankincense – a gift to bless their spiritual life. This might be a devotional book, an uplifting DVD, or new CD by their favorite Christian artist.
- Myrrh – a gift for the body. This is usually cologne, a lotion, or potion . . . something which soothes or comforts them physically.
There you have it! Our, gift of the Magi, giving tradition. We love it! It has simplified our holiday preparations, changed our focus on gift giving, and blessed us more than you can imagine.
The star that they had seen in the east went before them until it stopped above the place where the child was. When the wise men saw the star, they were filled with joy. They came to the house where the child was and saw Him with His mother, Mary, and they bowed down and worshiped Him. They opened their gifts and gave Him treasures of gold, frankincense, and myrrh. Matthew 2:9b-11
May your Christmas preparations be blessed as you set your hearts on Jesus, the greatest gift of all.