Yet, perhaps therein is the greatest 'gift' of the season. A reminder to prioritize out of the necessity to do so. As so many things compete and vie for our time, we are called to choose the greater portion. It may seem odd to put it in such terms, but it is a 'gift' to be challenged to evaluate our lives among the host of activities and choices before us this time of year.
After all, that is what Advent is all about. This is the season to turn away from lesser things and make time to not only receive anew the joy of this upcoming season Christmas, but also be prepared for Jesus' return. Many passages in Scripture remind us that His return will come upon us unexpectedly. He will arrive suddenly, despite the feeling at times that it is far off in the future. We are to remain watchful, ready, and prepared for that day. There is no better time of year to hear and respond to such a call than in the busiest season!
It is at this time of making choices about which gatherings we can make, decisions of carving out time for those we haven't seen in some time, and balancing our budget to lavish gifts upon others that we are to prioritize the important. We are to be vigilant in prayer, to reflect upon the greatest gift the world has ever known, and to create margin in our lives in order to be with the Lord. I'd urge you to take the 'gift' of this season. Prepare for the yearly reminder of Jesus' entrance into the world, but also for His return. Place Him first in your schedule and by giving Him the best of yourself. Be watchful and ready for we don't know the day nor hour of His return.