This is a post from Keith Brenton over at Blog In My Own Eye. For me, it gave me a new perspective on this season. I'm giving you just a small portion of it, so go here to read the rest of it. It's worth the time.
He came to encourage us to give that last mite in the temple treasury; to give without expecting to receive in return; to give of ourselves lavishly and extravagantly to people we barely know, or don't know at all. He came to ask us to sell our possessions and give to the poor, with no expectation that we could ever redistribute so evenly that there would never again be the poor.