Good Morning and Merry Christmas to all! It’s that time of year again. December has come and with it all the joys of Christmas. But what is the real meaning of Christmas? Is it the gifts under the tree, the lights in the windows, the cards in the mail, turkey dinners with family and friends, snow in the yard, stockings hanging in the living room, and shouts of “Merry Christmas” to those who pass us in the streets? Is this really Christmas? I know for myself that Christmas time can be a little stressful and busy. We are all out shopping for that perfect gift for our loved ones. Just the smile on their faces when they open up that gift is just priceless. But I have chosen not to stress myself out this Christmas; instead I would like my family to focus on the real meaning of Christmas.

For many people, Christmas is a time of sorrow. They don’t have the extra money to buy presents for their children, family, and friends. Times are hard on people all over the world and it is difficult for families to provide for themselves much less buy gifts and meals for this glorious occasion. Many are saddened at Christmas time when they think of their loved ones who will not be able to come home for various reasons. Turkey dinners may be only a wish and not a reality for some. We can all help in our communities by ringing a bell for the Salvation Army, collect can goods for the homeless, volunteer at a shelter, donate a toy for the Toys for Tots.

Yet, Christmas can be a season of great joy. It is a time of God showing His great love for us. It can be a time of healing and renewed strength. You see, Christmas is when we celebrate the birth of the Christ child. God sent His Son, Jesus, into the world to be born. His birth brought great joy to the world. And continues to bring us peace and joy everyday of our lives.

Merry Christmas Everyone!