Lavish and unbalanced and okay with it

But the [prodigal son’s ] father said, “Bring the best robe and put it on him. Put a ring on his finger and sandals on his feet.” Luke 15:22

Could participating in rampant materialism and consumerism cheapen “the true meaning of Christmas?” Could an attitude of Christmas minimalism smack of self-righteous? Should there be a balance?

The prodigal son’s father showered him with gifts to restore and reconnect him to his home and family. Lavishing gifts on those we love is a storied tradition, especially at Christmas. According to Matthew, the Magi don’t go cheap with their gifts either. When Scrooge and the Grinch figure out Christmas, they go lavish. Clark Griswold goes mega-lavish with the lights. Jesus is, after all, God’s lavish, material, in-the-flesh gift to the world, the simple circumstances of His birth notwithstanding.

Maybe it’s not about the stuff or the effort, but it’s not about abstaining from the stuff and effort either. Maybe this year we can enjoy lavishing love and doing as much as we enjoy. If we come off as a little unbalanced, we’re in good company.

Lord help me make this season about lavish love and lavish joy.