“One can never have enough socks,” said Dumbledore. “Another Christmas has come and gone and I didn’t get a single pair. People will insist on giving me books.” ― J.K. Rowling, Harry Potter and the Sorcerer’s Stone
Yes, socks. Those most mediocre of Christmas presents. There’s nothing like opening up a Christmas package on the morning of December 25th, being all excited for the mystery that lay inside, and then finding… socks. If you’ve ever had that experience, you probably felt something like this.
But you know what they say, “one kid’s socks is another kid’s Red Ryder BB Gun“… or something like that.
The things we so often take for granted in life are the same things that someone somewhere are dreaming of having. And the truth is that there is someone somewhere whose every hope and wish will come true this Christmas if he or she could just have a new pair of socks.
Hopefully this helps put this season in proper perspective. There are so many children around the world who won’t even have that opportunity to open any Christmas gifts. That’s why one of our great joys as a church is to participate in the Operation Christmas Child ministry so that a few more kids around the world may have something to celebrate this season.
So why do we worry so much about the possessions that we have and don’t have? Why do we worry about who gets the best or newest gift? Why do we worry about building up our treasures on earth that we can’t take with us into the next life? Why don’t we instead find joy in all the simple things in life, even socks.