Today (or tomorrow for many of you) is the day that we remember Christmas. The birth of Jesus. God becoming incarnate, in the body of a tiny baby.
That is the real reason. Not Santa. Or reindeer. Or even the Christmas tree–although that does symbolize real truths.
But the real reason, and the real gift, is Jesus, coming from heaven in all his glory, to be born as a tiny baby in a dirty stable, in a small town, in a small country in the Middle East.
God omnipotent becoming weak Man.
God omniscient becoming blind* Man.
God immortal becoming mortal Man.
The Creator of the universe becoming one of the Created.
Divinity into humanity.
That is the true gift. The true reason for Christmas.
And, if we delve further into the matter, why would God become Man? Not just to heal a few people and to speak a few good truths.
Jesus came to die. To die a hard, cruel death, whipped by Roman legionaries, and then placed on a cross. So that we could have eternal life. He sacrificed his all for his creations.
That is the true reason for Christmas.
*by blind, I am referring to the fact that God can see everything, while Man is limited to his five senses.