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Don’t forget Christ during Christmas

DEAR EDITOR:

The glistening snow falls to the earth from a graying sky. Homes are decorated. Christmas trees bear exquisite decorations. Cookies are being baked. Evergreen and gingerbread aromas flow throughout the house. Bells ring; carolers sing. Children anticipate Santa bringing presents from his toy shop in the North Pole. People run from store to store to get the best deals on presents. Cash registers are cha-chinging. Christmas music is played everywhere. Christmas salutations are given to everyone we meet, friend or foe. Seems like everyone is nicer this time of year.

Many, many, many years ago a baby was born in a town called Bethlehem. He had a very humble birth. He was born in a manger, in a stable with animals all around him. His parents were not rich; yet, their child was a king. Kings traveled a long distance to behold him and gave him presents of frankincense, gold and myrrh. He was given the name Jesus Christ; yet, it seems some forget about him, especially at Christmas.

“Merry Christmas,” in some circles has been replaced with “Happy Holidays.” Nativity scenes are being replaced with Frosty the Snowman, The Grinch and the like. There is nothing wrong with this, but it seems to me that the true reason for this special day has been put on the back burner of our minds and heart.

I have four daughters, and when they were little, I, too, told them stories of Santa Claus and his elves, but I also told them of the true meaning of Christmas. I told them about the true story of Jesus Christ.

There is no sweeter sound to me than a child laughing gleefully as he opens his presents on Christmas day. Such a beautiful sight to see a child’s eyes so bright on Christmas Day; yet, there are children who won’t have any presents to open due to unfortunate circumstances through no fault of their own. There are the elderly who seem like their family have forgotten them. There are the bereaved who have lost a loved one, and Christmas will be very difficult for them. If you know someone like this, please take time out to spread a little joy and happiness with them.

Some say that Christmas is getting too commercial; I say Christmas is what you make it. If we will just remind ourselves of the true meaning of Christmas and spread love, hope and joy to our fellow man, we will be doing what Jesus requires of us.

The word Christmas has Christ in it. Let’s not forget Christ at Christmas.

Merry Christmas.

JENNIFER Y. WILLIAMS

Warren

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