Last year Australians bought a billion dollars worth of Christmas gifts that no one wanted. The people to whom they were given took them back to the store, stuffed them away in a cupboard, or threw them out with the rubbish.
Last year too there were families who did not buy gifts at all - some because they could not afford to, others because they did not choose to. Many of these people gave gifts but they did not buy them.
A traditional carol has held that truth long since – ‘The Little Drummer Boy’
Little baby parumpumpumpum
I am a poor boy too parumpumpumpum
I have no gift to bring parumpumpumpum
That's fit to give our King parumpumpumpum
Shall I play for you parumpumpumpum
On my drum
O shepherd of Israel, hear us,- Psalm 79:1-2
Shine forth from your cherubim throne.
O Lord, rouse up your might,
O Lord, come to our help.
Look, O Lord, upon the world you have so wonderfully made. Help us to relish your creation, enjoy the company of others and gift them with our devoted presence. We ask you this through Christ our Lord. Amen.
Across the plains one Christmas night- From “The Three Drovers”- an Australian carol by John Wheeler
Three drovers riding blithe and gay,
Looked up and saw a starry light
More radiant than the Milky Way
And on their hearts such wonder fell
They sang with joy Noel! Noel!
Noel! Noel! Noel!