An oxymoron is a figure of speech that combines contradictory terms. Oxymorons appear in a variety of contexts, including inadvertent errors such as extremely average and literary oxymorons designed to reveal a paradox.
"I just finished my Christmas shopping!" or "I haven't STARTED my Christmas shopping!" are statements I'm hearing from many these days (delivered with either a sigh of relief or a hint of dread). To me, "Christmas shopping" seems to be a bit of an oxymoron...right up there with open secret, larger half, clearly confused, liquid gas, near miss, original copy, and unbiased opinion.
I don't know if I can explain myself, but let me try. To some, Christmas wouldn't be Christmas without shopping. Shopping, I think, has become confused with "GIVING"! Christmas GIVING I can live and love with. Christmas SHOPPING is another story.
You've probably heard the quote, "You can give without loving, but you can't love without giving." I like that! And I love to give. My Christmas IDEAL is to learn how to GIVE without SHOPPING. And there ARE ways! I was reminded of this when I went through my Christmas books and found the one pictured above. The subtitle is "How You Can Change Someone's Life"! It has some great ideas and triggered my imagination about still more ways to give without shopping.
God so loved the world , that HE gave (without shopping, but at great price) John 3:16
...and in giving, He IS changing the lives of many--"whoever believes in Him"!