Every one in the world
May have a gift this Christmas
Most will doubt the validity
And offer up resistance, but
No one is excluded from
Even when they don’t accept themselves.
Love, hope, and peace in Jesus.
The Christmas Tree is an ancient custom that in modern days represents Jesus as an ever-living life, just as the evergreen tree continues to stay green through the winter. Over the years I have developed quite the affinity for the trim-a-tree tradition; so much so that some years I may have six or seven different themed trees!
My favorite part is the sparkling lights. I like plain white lights; they are like the stars on the night that Jesus was born (I know, I know-they say they don’t know the exact date, but still…). Also, the red ribbon reminds me of the blood that was shed for my salvation, and the reason for the birth of this babe. No matter how much time goes by, my favorite Christmas colors are always red, white and green. The gentle peaceful music and the kindness of the season are also wonderful parts of my favorite time of the year.
On the lighter side, my daughter and I bake cookies every Christmas. Last year I tried to skip it (anyone remember “Christmas with the Cranks?”), but she gallantly rallied and reminded me it was a tradition of the season. She graduates this year and I hope that she’ll still want to bake cookies with me when she comes back home from college. Our frosted sugar cookies make our home smell good, fill our bellies and warm our hearts.
Here’s a steaming mug of hot cocoa and a sweet sugar cookie held up to you as I wish you a very Merry Christmas. Cheers!
That bright star that shed light
to lead the wise Magi three
into King Herod’s “city of peace,”
as they brought gifts from the east.
It also led the shepherds
when the angels told them
the Savior’s been born
in a stable, near Bethlehem.
They all journeyed forth
to see this great miracle
that the angels foretold
when they brightly waxed lyrical.
He lay sleeping humbly
in a livestock trough
the babe wrapped in rags
like an old dirty cast-off.
Under that bright star he was born
for the poor and the weak,
a re-connection to God
for any and all, who seek.