I wrote this poem a few years ago to start a Christmas Eve tradition with our kids. The idea was to sit around the tree, after the food and festivities were done, and think of a gift we could give to our Savior. The gift could be giving up a favorite vice, developing a particular virtue, or doing something more service oriented. In the end, it should be something we could focus on for the coming year that would make us better people and bring us closer to Christ.
It's been a great tradition. Over the years, I've grown and learned a lot as a result of my Christmas gifts.
A Christmas Gift
It's Christmas time again.
A time of giving and cheer.
You've bought gifts for friends and family,
but what for your Savior this year?
A gift for One so special
can't be found in any store.
To give of yourself to others
for Him means so much more.
So tonight as you remember
and think of the Babe so small,
ponder gifts you can give others
that cost no money at all.
Write them down on paper,
and seal them up so tight.
Then put them under your tree
upon this Christmas Eve night.
Now your job is to remember
and give of yourself all year
as your Christmas gift to the Savior
brings to others hope and good cheer.