1 Now when Jesus was born in Bethlehem of Judæa in the days of Herod the king, behold, there came wise men from the east to Jerusalem,
2 Saying, Where is he that is born King of the Jews? for we have seen his star in the east, and are come to worship him.
3 When Herod the king had heard these things, he was troubled, and all Jerusalem with him.
4 And when he had gathered all the chief priests and scribes of the people together, he demanded of them where Christ should be born.
5 And they said unto him, In Bethlehem of Judæa: for thus it is written by the prophet,
6 And thou Bethlehem, in the land of Juda, art not the least among the princes of Juda: for out of thee shall come a Governor, that shall rule my people Israel.
7 Then Herod, when he had privily called the wise men, enquired of them diligently what time the star appeared.
8 And he sent them to Bethlehem, and said, Go and search diligently for the young child; and when ye have found him, bring me word again, that I may come and worship him also.
9 When they had heard the king, they departed; and, lo, the star, which they saw in the east, went before them, till it came and stood over where the young child was.
10 When they saw the star, they rejoiced with exceeding great joy.
11 ¶And when they were come into the house, they saw the young child with Mary his mother, and fell down, and worshipped him: and when they had opened their treasures, they presented unto him gifts; gold, and frankincense, and myrrh. (Matthew 2:1-11)
Just as the Christ child received three gifts from the Wise Men each of our children receives three gifts. (Of course they also receive gifts from grandparents and friends but from our immediate family the number is three.) Two come from mom and dad and the third comes from the sibling gift exchange. Those sibling gifts are always homemade. It is so delightful to help them as they secretly scheme and plan, sew and build the perfect gift for one another.
The gifts we give as parents usually fall into two categories: one that is meaningful and one that goes along with their interests or talents.
For example the meaningful gifts this year are:
The Faith of Our Pioneer Fathers for the three oldest girls. This book was written by their great-great-grandfather. It is full of true faith promoting stories.
|Living Water by Elspeth Young|
The four younger girls will get the print of “their” woman from Elspeth Young’s Women of the Bible series. Two of our daughters don’t have a print to match their name so we chose unnamed women whose stories are faith filled, Living Water (The Samaritan Woman at the Well) and What Is to Be Done For Thee? (The Shunammite). The three older girls already have theirs (they received them for Easter) framed and hanging in their bedrooms. These prints are gorgeous!
The sibling gifts are always homemade. Sometimes it can be tricky to think of something good to make but in the end an idea always presents itself. Here are some of the things being made for siblings this year.
Mr. Ferrero Rocher is helping to make
an earring holder similar to this but with a mesh screen in the wings.
And a swing like this.
I am helping to sew an apron, an art kit,
and a pettiskirt.
There is also a personalized beauty book with hair style ideas and how-to’s, make up application techniques, and nail polish design ideas all contained in a small binder. (Thank you, Pinterest!)
How do you do gifts at Christmas?