It’s also the time of year when Tony does his Christmas shopping.
It usually goes something like this:
Tony comes into the kitchen with a big smile on his face and says, “Kare, I just made your life easier.”
“Oh, really? You finally fixed the shower door? Thank you!” I respond, with a big smile and a hug.
“Well, no. But I bought my Christmas present, so you don’t have to worry about shopping for me. Isn’t that great?”
“Oh, I was planning to help you grow in humility this year, by not getting you anything,” I say with feigned concern.
He then shares the details of what bookstore had an unbeatable deal on a complete set of Puritan works, or how he just found the hard-to-find works of a Puritan that Charles Spurgeon said should grace the shelves of every proper Christian library. And how he kindly purchased said bargain for himself for Christmas.
What a guy.
Truthfully, Christmas at the Reinke house usually does involve books, because our tradition is give books to one another as Christmas gifts. (Big surprise, I know.)
But we’ve found an interesting truth in our Christmas shopping tradition: sometimes the hardest thing to buy for someone else is a book.
Will they like it? Will they read it? You really have to know someone to be able to choose a book for them. Which is exactly why we like to buy books for one another at Christmas. It’s a gentle prodding to make sure we are involved in each others’ lives enough to be able to thoughtfully choose a book.
So in case you want to join our tradition this Christmas, (that’s the buying books for one another tradition, not the buy yourself a Christmas present tradition), we’ll be sharing some ideas for buying books for your wife. From the fiction fan to the memory maker, we’ve got ideas that will be sure to make her forget the hundreds you’ve spent on Tony’s book recommendations so far this year.
But first, a quick word about the book lists we’ll be sharing this week. Noticeably absent are the many excellent books on how to be a better wife, how to be more organized, how to homeschool your children, or how to be a better parent. It is our joy to recommend those titles throughout the year, but the recommendations in these posts are intended as Christmas gifts and for that reason we have avoided recommending books centered on personal improvement.
Ultimately, the best gift you can give your wife is not necessarily one that can be wrapped in shiny red paper and tied with a bow. Centering your home around the Gospel, loving her as Christ loved the Church, and faithfully serving her in humility and grace is a gift that will prepare her heart not only for the year ahead, but for a lifetime with her Savior. May God be glorified in your homes this Christmas!
Stay tuned this week as we serve up gift-giving ideas for: