Today is the last Sunday in Advent, next week is Christmas Day itself. Our Advent Box today at church contained a Wise Man and a Shepherd from our Nativity Set - to remind us that Jesus came for all people everywhere and also for the outcast and the lonely. The wise men came from the East and the shepherds were outcasts in their day, yet both were present to see the Son of God come to dwell with us. Who are the outcasts in our society today - remember that Jesus came for them too.
Also at church today we did a version of Deal or No Deal - the TV show where contestants chose boxes which contain prizes. In our version each contestant chose a box number then before opening it they were offered another prize - they had chose either what they could see or what was in their box. The prize they were offered was always better than what was in the box. The point of this being that God will always offer us something better than we can find elsewhere. His deals are always better than those of the world - especially at this special time of the year we should remind ourselves that the baby in the manger is the best gift of all.