Christmas universally should be a time for giving.  The reason the holiday exits is for only one reason- God giving us His son so we could see the best example of what God wants from us.  The problem for most of us, unfortunately, is that we were not with Jesus at that time, giving us the opportunity to see.  We have to believe without seeing, and this is where we sometimes fail.
Our generation has been brought up with the best technology has to offer.  So much so, that we no longer even have to imagine the expressions on the faces of our friends and families when talking on the phone.  We can skype.  Rarely do parents of dissatisfied teenagers pick out and buy a Christmas present to remain a surprise on that wonderful morning.  Those teenagers shop online, seeing and picking out their own present for fear of being disappointed.  Well teenagers, I bet you can't google "show me faith" and have the mighty screen pop out your request.  This kind of faith can only be seen within your heart.  It is not on the computer screen or even in a book.  This faith you will have to find on your own.
Scrooge, the legendary holiday character created by Charles Dickens, lived a life of torment until he was given the chance to see what his lack of faith  did to his life.  Take a lesson from Scrooge and picture your life in 50 years.  Did you spend your life doing whatever it took to succeed financially, or did you spend your time succeeding spiritually.  I am no expert on the right path to happiness, but I'm sure to be truly happy we have to stop thinking about our own wants and needs and start being Tiny Tims -  giving of our hearts when we have nothing else to give and knowing we would gladly give everything up to keep God in our hearts.

                            
Christmas universally should be a time for giving.  The reason the holiday exits is for only one reason- God giving us His son so we could see the best example of what God wants from us.  The problem for most of us, unfortunately, is that we were not with Jesus at that time, giving us the opportunity to see.  We have to believe without seeing, and this is where we sometimes fail.
Our generation has been brought up with the best technology has to offer.  So much so, that we no longer even have to imagine the expressions on the faces of our friends and families when talking on the phone.  We can skype.  Rarely do parents of dissatisfied teenagers pick out and buy a Christmas present to remain a surprise on that wonderful morning.  Those teenagers shop online, seeing and picking out their own present for fear of being disappointed.  Well teenagers, I bet you can't google "show me faith" and have the mighty screen pop out your request.  This kind of faith can only be seen within your heart.  It is not on the computer screen or even in a book.  This faith you will have to find on your own.
Scrooge, the legendary holiday character created by Charles Dickens, lived a life of torment until he was given the chance to see what his lack of faith  did to his life.  Take a lesson from Scrooge and picture your life in 50 years.  Did you spend your life doing whatever it took to succeed financially, or did you spend your time succeeding spiritually.  I am no expert on the right path to happiness, but I'm sure to be truly happy we have to stop thinking about our own wants and needs and start being Tiny Tims -  giving of our hearts when we have nothing else to give and knowing we would gladly give everything up to keep God in our hearts.