Merry Christmas!

By Ralphine Major

What makes Christmas so special?  It could be SNOW!  Though a white Christmas in our area is rare, it certainly is special when there is one.  It could be the Christmas tree decorated in multicolored lights, sparkling garland, and ornaments that bring back years of memories.  It could be the Christmas cards with their beautiful winter scenes and thoughtful verses and the feeling of friendship when opening them.  It could be the excitement that the Christmas parades bring with marching bands and festive floats.

What else makes Christmas so special?  It could be singing the treasured Christmas carols and sharing the birth of the Christ child by going caroling.  It could be those tasty treats like fudge, fruitcake, eggnog, and sugar cookies cut out in Christmas designs and topped with sprinkles.  It could be dining with friends and family, opening gifts, and taking priceless pictures of one another.  It could be quiet time at the end of the day while sitting by a crackling fire and counting the many blessings of the year.

True.  All these things make Christmas special.  But what makes Christmas most special is a place called Bethlehem, the manger, and the virgin birth— the gift of God’s Son who would one day die on a cross, rise again, and bring eternal life to those who believe— the Savior, the King of Kings, the Prince of Peace.  Without the birth of Jesus, there would be no Christmas.  As the countdown to Christmas continues, may we remember to pray for our Tennessee neighbors who were devastated recently by deadly tornadoes and for peace in our country, in Israel, and around the world.  God bless you and your family during this holy season.  May you have a blessed, safe, and Merry Christmas!


Words of Faith: “For unto you is born this day in the city of David a Saviour, which is Christ the Lord.” Luke 2:11 (KJV).