While they were there, the time came for the baby to be born, and she gave birth to her firstborn, a son. She wrapped him in cloths and placed him in a manger, because there was no guest room available for them. Luke 2: 6-7
What we give this day will have been wrapped. Hopefully with care, with love, with the desire to give something special.
However, it seems to me it’s Christians living in the tension of places such as Iraq, Syria, Afghanistan, West Africa, etc. who can more easily identify with the reality of Jesus’ birth. Our sophisticated, but also sanitised experience is the exception, rather than the rule.
Our challenge is to see today’s celebrations of Jesus’ birth, in the bigger wrapping of God’s unfolding purposes. But see we can. This astonishing entrance into our world is literally a world-changer. That’s the story of the last two thousand years. What a pity if don’t become part of the on-going story.