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22 December 2011

Dugger: Christmas Wishes

Christmas can be celebrated in the school room with pine trees, tinsel and reindeer, but there must be no mention of the man whose birthday is being celebrated. One wonders how a teacher would answer if a student asked why it was called Christmas. —Ronald Reagan

It almost seems as if just as soon as we put down our forks on Thanksgiving the madness of “black Friday,” and the whirlwind that is the holiday gift purchasing season is upon us. Each year the deals get “better” and the lines get longer as we try to get our hands on the newest and greatest gadget or toy. So often, amidst the hustle and bustle of the holiday season, it is easy to forget the reason for season. However, no matter how many gifts are waiting under the tree on Christmas morning, one can’t truly have Christmas without Christ.

Over 2000 years ago, we received the ultimate gift. This gift came in the form of a baby boy born into the humblest of surroundings. Yet, from his humble beginnings this child grew into a man who brought a message of love for all, giving to those in need, and sacrificing everything for others.

As we gather together with loved ones this Christmas, let us not forget the example of the birthday boy who has given us the true reason for the season. It is not merely about the presents under the tree or remembering to leave cookies and milk out for Santa. Rather, Christmas is about the love shared by family and friends, the spirit of giving, and the willingness to lend a hand to someone in need.

May God bless you and grant you and your family a wonderful Christmas!

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