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12/23/19 Grif.Net – Gift Wrapping

12/23/19 Grif.Net – Gift Wrapping

The Three Wise =
Men went to see baby Jesus, and “presented unto Him gifts; gold, =
frankincense, and myrrh.” These are simple words, but if we analyze =
them carefully, we discover an important, yet often-overlooked, =
theological fact: There is no mention of wrapping =
paper.

 

If there had =
been wrapping paper, St Matthew would have said so:
v 13 =
“And lo, the gifts were inside 600 square cubits of =
paper.  And the paper was festooned with pictures of Frosty the =
Snowman.”

v 14 =
“And Joseph sought to throw it away, but Mary sayeth unto him, =
`Holdeth your camels, Joe! That is nice paper! Savest it for next =
year!’`

v 15 =
“So Joseph rolleth his =
eyeballs.”

v 16 =
“And the baby Jesus was more interested in the paper than the =
frankincense.”

 

But these =
words do not appear in the Bible, which means that the very first =
Christmas gifts were NOT wrapped. This is because the people giving =
those gifts had two important characteristics:

 

#1. They were =
wise.
#2. They were men.

 

If we learn =
anything from this about Christmas, men are not big gift wrappers.  =
Men do not understand the point of putting paper on a gift just so =
somebody else can tear it off.  And no one ever had to wonder which =
presents men wrap at Christmas.  They are the ones that look like =
enormous spitballs.

 

My point is =
that gift-wrapping is one of those skills — like having babies — that =
come more naturally to women than to men. In conclusion, remember that =
the important thing is not what you give, or how you wrap it.  The =
important thing is that you save the receipt.

 

~~

Dr Bob Griffin =

bob@grif.net =
www.grif.net

"Jesus =
Knows Me, This I Love!"