What does Christmas mean to you? If you live in the United States it probably means presents. If you are a Christian, like I am, it means that we are celebrating the best gift to the world (Jesus, God's son) by giving each other presents, gifts that we don't deserve. For some of you it means not going to work for up to two weeks. For others it means the stress of getting together with family or preparing for a party where your home will be invaded for most of a day. For still others it is another day to worry about paying the bills from a medical problem or rent and utilities.
The story of Jesus coming into this world at Christmas is also one of humility. The son of God could be anyone he wanted, but he was so poor he was essentially born in a barn. As our material wealth grows over Christmas I feel reminding ourselves, specifically myself, to be humble is important. It is greater to give to others than to receive. It's okay to receive, and to ask for help, but giving is really a great thing, especially God giving us his son, and Jesus giving us his life.