By Ralphine Major

The timing was perfect!  Last Tuesday marked the two-week countdown to Christmas Eve, and  Mother Nature gave us a winter wonderland to enjoy.  It was truly a Christmas card scene!

As I check the calendar, it is unbelievable how quickly the days are passing us by.  Christmas traditions are in full swing:  Cookies are baking, carolers are singing, cards are arriving, and families are decorating the tree.  With all the fun of the season, the most important tradition is sharing The Christmas Story.

When evening comes, the sounds of “Silent Night” and “Away in the Manger” bring calm to a fast-paced day.  The quiet beauty of Christmas tree lights and the lighted star on top remind us of the real star that guided the wise men to the Christ Child.  For several years, a simple plaque has adorned our wall reminding us that “Every Day is a Gift.”  The words cause us to be ever mindful of several lives lost this year.

Christmas is a special time as we celebrate the Saviour born in a manger two thousand years ago.  May your hearts and homes be filled with much peace, great joy, and the immeasurable love that was born in Bethlehem.  “For unto you is born this day in the city of David a Saviour, which is Christ the Lord.”  Luke 2:11 (KJV)