December 24, 2013 | 08:42 AM
Christmas Day has come again. Many of you have already opened presents. Others of you will likely do so in the coming days, as you wait to celebrate with loved ones who couldn't be with you on Dec. 25. And some of you will find yourself in both situations.
Those packages, some wrapped with the lavish care that would make Martha Stewart proud and others that are covered with just simple paper or maybe too much tape, contain a gift meant to please.
Did you receive any gifts that were on your wish list this Christmas?
But there are more important gifts we receive throughout the year that no box or wrapping can contain.
There is the gift of our family, friends and co-workers. They are the ones who are there for us anytime we need them, expecting nothing in return. Reciprocate by returning the favor when called upon.
Another gift is the doctors, nurses and other medical personnel whom we rely on to treat us when we're sick. We're blessed to have some of the best in our area.
There is another group of professionals — medical crews, law enforcement and firefighters — who keep us safe and come to our aid in our time of need. Often, we never know their name, but they are our neighbors who give up time with their own families and friends to help others when they need it most.
Our community is a wonderful gift. The people who live here have shown time after time how supportive they are of others and what kind hearts they have. They help others by making monetary donations to such causes as the WHAS Crusade for Children and the FOP Shop with a Cop, by joining celebratory occasions, by hosting fundraisers for the ill and those hit by tragedy and, when not knowing what else to do, by saying a pray for those in need.
A precious gift is life itself. We can share that with others by being blood donors to help others in need and letting our family members know we wish to be organ donors when our time is over.
But the greatest gift of all time is the birth of Jesus Christ. While the exact date of Jesus' birth is not known, Christians around the world celebrate it on Dec. 25. God's gift to us is one that cannot be contained in any package nor can it be returned. It is a gift for all time.
So, let's not lose sight of the reason for the gifts we have unwrapped or those yet to be opened. And on the other days of the year, let's continue to be thankful for all of the other gifts we have.