Years ago, an article in Southern Living magazine featured a small table top Christmas tree decorated with baby items.
It was a little tree adorned with little things -- precious heirlooms from a family. There were silver cups, porcelain rattles, baby shoes and of course babys breath. I tore out that page and saved it in my I want to do this someday file. It is tucked away somewhere in the attic I suppose, along with the book on tatting and plans for an outdoor fireplace. But not a Christmas goes by that I dont think about that tree and how one day I would like to have one in my home.
Something just struck me about it. To me, it seemed like the perfect Christmas tree. Perfect because it was a simple reminder of the reason that we are celebrating Christmas.
Its all about a baby.
That gets lost sometimes, in the craziness that Christmas has now become. In between stringing lights on everything in our yard, Christmas shopping on Thanksgiving Day and needing to add on to your home because of all the Christmas gifts the kids got, the focus has gotten misplaced like the hooks you used to hang the stockings on last year.
But the reason we gather with our families today and open gifts and stuff ourselves with ham is very simple.
Its all about a baby.
The Bible tells us in Matthew 1:21 that she shall bring forth a son, and thou shalt call his name Jesus, for he shall save his people from their sins.
The passage is not a long dissertation, not a two-hour TV movie, not college-level calculus. Its just short, sweet and simple. A baby will be born, a savior.
Have a wonderful day with all your family and friends. Do all the things that have become important to you as part of Christmas Day. Call that aunt who lives in Birmingham, Ala., and tell her what fond memories you have of spending your childhood Christmas Eves at her home. Dont eat so much that you feel miserable, and dont lose your temper when the toy robot you drove to Albany for only lasts through breakfast. Turn on the television and watch the weather, marveling that having a white Christmas is the norm for a lot of the country.
But through it all, keep that one thought in your mind. Remember what today is about, the real reason for the season.
Its all about a baby. The baby that is Christ the Lord.
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