IMG_1164Tinsel, colored lights, special music, tasty meals and sweet snacks are a part of this special time of the year.  Smiles come with every reunion of family and dear friends.  Shoppers excitedly wrap great finds in stores and shops around town.

People are busy as cash registers sing.  Lines with people dressed warmly for the winter cold wait with expectation, thinking how loved ones will shout with glee when gifts are unwrapped on that special morning.  Young ones and old ones all learn to love this great and wonderful time of the year.

Old memories and new ones too of getting chilled in the playful snow building snowmen, snow angels and snowball fights chase us indoors for hot chocolate and cozy family hug times around a fire.  Colorful stories that make us laugh wonder and imagine fill these special days leading up the most special day of all.

Christmas is the day we celebrate.  It has marked our childhood with joyous memories and happy days.  This special day defines the word JOY.

For all of the sad times in life, the tears and the hardships we somehow find a way to make Christmas a time to smile, laugh and hope.  All of us turn to God in this season because this is the special time in history when He gave us the first Christmas gift, the gift of His Son Jesus the Christ.

The Savior was born on this day of commemoration.  He is the reason for the season.  When we worship Him on Christmas Day and every day that we draw breath we have figured out the true meaning of Christmas:

8And there were shepherds living out in the fields nearby, keeping watch over their flocks at night. 9An angel† of the Lord appeared to them, and the glory of the Lord shone around them, and they were terrified. 10But the angel said to them, “Do not be afraid.† I bring you good news of great joy that will be for all the people. 11Today in the town of David a Savior† has been born to you; he is Christ*† the Lord.† 12This will be a sign† to you: You will find a baby wrapped in cloths and lying in a manger.” 13Suddenly a great company of the heavenly host appeared with the angel, praising God and saying, 14“Glory to God in the highest, and on earth peace† to men on whom his favor rests.” Luke 2.8-14

Merry Christmas, everyone!

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