One thing that I appreciate about my family is that holidays are not the only time we all get together. There are a lot of us and a lot of different personalities, but we can all happily spend a day together. Granted, I think that all of us are happy that we don't live under the same roof!
Now many in my family, including me, identify with the older brother and what Dad wanted to show us was the Father's response to the older brother's anger. In the message, "Son, you don't understand, "You're with me all the time, and everything that is mine is yours." (Luke 15:14-15). Everything the Father (God) has is ours. God has salvation, peace, joy, health, healing, prosperity. God stands ready to give. It is up to us to open our arms and receive. Dad continued, "And this is how God showed us that everything is ours in the most significant way... and he read the story of Jesus' birth from Luke 2.
And this is what the children looked like. Maybe I looked that way on the outside too, but I've remembered--Everything God has is mine.