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I arise this morning with some sickness in my body.  This sickness placed a damper on yesterday but I refused to let it ruin my entire day.  My family was excited to decorate for Christmas and my wife expressed her desire to get a “real” Christmas tree this year as opposed to using our artificial tree again.  We got dressed and hiked around the tree farm until we found the tree that was perfect for us.  We then went to Lowe’s and searched for new lights since our old tree was pre-lit.  When we returned home the tree was put in place, wrapped in lights and the children begun to hang the ornaments. It was only 6:30 at this point but my body had exhausted any bit of strength it had.  I headed off to bed leaving my family to add the finishing touches.  This thought caused me some sadness, yet I was happy for all we were able to do today in spite of my sickness.

Before even taking a sip of my beloved coffee I had to turn on the tree to see what they had done.  It’s beautiful.  The tree illuminates the room as I sit here in otherwise darkness typing these words.  Christmas is not about a tree, the tree is merely a symbol of life and hope.  Christmas is about the birth of the Savior of the world.  Many of us know this already, although (like myself) fail to understand the true magnificent significance.  Sadly, there are countless more people who have not had their hearts opened to the true meaning of Christmas.

I’m now 40 years old and have had a tree in my living room every Christmas for as long as I can remember.  Why is this tree so much more beautiful than each one before it?  It really has nothing to do with the size, fullness, or decorations.  It has everything to do with the condition of my heart.  I pray that every tree hereforth continues to be more beautiful than the last.

For many of us, Christmas can bring back memories or hidden emotions we’d rather not have.  They can harden our hearts and blind our eyes to the true “Reason for the Season.” Like myself, most people probably don’t even know the extent to which this may have happened.  I’ll ask, “What will you see when you look at your Christmas tree this year?” After this morning I’ll never look the same again at our family Christmas tree.

Click on link below for a cool Christmas video (plays only on computer; not tablets or phone)

http://shortsbay.com/film/december

Luke 2:9-14

An angel of the Lord appeared to them, and the glory of the Lord shone around them, and they were terrified.  But the angel said to them, “Do not be afraid. I bring you good news of great joy that will be for all the people.  Today in the town of David a Savior has been born to you; he is Christ the Lord.  This will be a sign to you: You will find a baby wrapped in cloths and lying in a manger.”  Suddenly a great company of the heavenly host appeared with the angel, praising God and saying,  “Glory to God in the highest, and on earth peace to men on whom his favor rests.”

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