Now that Thanksgiving is over, thoughts immediately turn to Christmas. (How can they not with the way it is thrown at you like a 90mph fast ball?) This weekend my Mom, Sister-in-Law, and I had a conversation about Christmas lists. I wouldn’t call it a debate, because we were all requesting lists from each other. However, I commented that it felt funny writing out a list of things I wanted. It felt sort of like saying, “Here’s what I want…get it for me”. My Mom, on the other hand, argued that it’s nice to get a Christmas list from someone and get them something they would really love and enjoy, rather than making an attempt (albeit, a sincere one) to pick something out for them that they might not need or want. On a side note, it’s funny to hear my Mom say this, because she, more than any other person I know, has the knack for picking out the PERFECT gift for anyone! Anyway, the topic brings up the bigger issue of gifts versus presents. My husband uses his pulpit to speak to this subject at least once a year at Christmas and sometimes more often than that. To buy someone a present, all that is required is that you go to the store, get something and give it. No forethought, no idea or even care if the person would like it. A gift, however, comes from the heart and has thought put behind it. A gift giver knows the receiver well enough to know what he/she might like, what their hobbies are, what their favorite color is, etc… But as I think about this, it seems to put tremendous pressure on me when buying gifts. I had better know my family and friends well enough to know exactly what they would or wouldn’t like. Yikes. So at the same time that I feel funny about writing out a Christmas list, I have to admit, I love getting them from all the members of my family. But all the while, I feel slightly saddened and guilty at what Christmas has become in terms of materialism. How about you? Do you have a vote for Christmas lists or no Christmas lists, how about a comment on the commercialism or materialism of Christmas? Click on the comment link below this post to add your remark or opinion. In the mean time, if you vote “yes” for lists, you can checkout http://www.wishlist.com/. For a cool site for creating those holiday wish lists.