Luke 2:11 For unto you is born this day in the city of David a Savior, who is Christ the Lord.
Christmastime is finally here! It is hands-down my favorite time of year. The cheerful decorations, yummy treats, the fun of buying gifts and the holiday programming on television all bring joy to the season.
Growing up, my mother always made this time of year special. We had stockings hung by the fireplace, and she made sure St. Nick came in early December and filled them with chocolate stars, candy canes and little toys. She took us to Gimbles department store for breakfast with Santa, which was a full-on breakfast with scrambled eggs and bacon. Visiting Santa was special, because we had to wander through a winter wonderful first to get to him. Bruce the Spruce, the talking Christmas tree, would greet all of us kids at the entrance. Then, on the big day, the presents would be piled high under the tree (I have three other siblings, so there were a lot of gifts.)
As I grow older, and closer to the Lord, the miracle of the true meaning of Christmas becomes more real to me. I can't wrap my mind around the fact that Jesus would be willing to become flesh in order to redeem us to Himself. I can't imagine what Mary and Joseph were thinking, or how people treated them. I gaze at my manger scene and try to imagine that holy night, and the shepherds leaving their flock (which was unheard of) to see the Christ child.
I know the greatest gift of all this Christmas season is God's gift of salvation to us. It brings true joy and peace to our souls. His precious Holy Spirit indwelling and guiding us through the maze of life. I stand in awe of God's love and wisdom. May you all enjoy this blessed season! Have a very merry Christmas and Happy new year!