It’s no coincidence that the holiday of giving happens in the middle of winter. Before grocery stores and shopping malls, the dead of winter meant there would be no replenishing. We must make do with what we have managed to put away in good times.
And yet, when we should feel the most scarcity, the most fear about having enough to survive, we are called upon to be generous. We are called to give, because giving connects our spirits with our fellow men to create love and abundance. And there is no better time to create love and abundance than in the middle of winter — real or metaphorical.