Christmas: Remember the reason for the season

Today, as we gather around Christmas trees and food-filled tables, perhaps spending time with family and friends we have not seen in far too long, let us take just a moment to remember we are not doing so to celebrate shopping, or complicated but festive recipes. We are not celebrating reindeer or even jolly old elves in red velvet suits.

We celebrate today the arrival of a baby boy who would go on to show the world that God is Love; and that the first Christmas gift was Jesus.

Much of what we do in preparation for this day is out of love. We decorate, we cook, we choose just the right gifts, we open our homes — and many of us make sure we have done something during the season to show a little love to someone whose Christmas might not be so merry and bright.

Should you find yourself overwhelmed today — perhaps worried that something was not quite perfect — remember for a moment the Reason for the season is a tiny baby who arrived under imperfect circumstances and taught us all that nobody is perfect … and we are forgiven for it.

Just let the people around you know you love them, like He did, and enjoy this wonderful day.

Merry Christmas, Mid-Ohio Valley!

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“We are better throughout the year for having, in spirit, become a child again at Christmastime.”

— author Laura Ingalls Wilder

“Maybe Christmas, the Grinch thought, doesn’t come from a store.”

— author Dr. Seuss

“Christmas is the day that holds all time together.”

— poet Alexander Smith

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