It’s almost here!
I remember when I was a child calling this the Eve’s Eve! I remember the anticipation, the excitement waiting for Christmas morning to get here. The drive home from my grandparents’ house on Christmas Eve night, all wrapped up in our coats and gloves, watching for that streak across the sky. Even though I was way too old to believe, there was still that feeling of sweet belief! My dad would point out that, “possibly that light up there in the dark night sky is really Santa on his way”. Little did I know he was just preparing us to get to sleep as quickly as we could so he could become that toy maker again that year.
I still get excited listening to Gene Autry’s rendition of “Here Comes Santa Claus” as I wait for the excitement of sharing gifts with my own children. (Maybe I’m a little too simple, but I’ve never had a problem reconciling my “belief” in Santa Claus and the One who is Christmas! I know the truth and don’t really spend a lot of time in that childhood fantasy, but I still live in that ten-year old’s coat for a while every Christmas). I remember and smile – one of those deep, sweet smiles of remembrance of those no longer with us but so entwined in who I am today.
“ I bring you good news that will cause great joy for all the people. Today in the town of David a Savior has been born to you; he is the Messiah, the Lord. This will be a sign to you: You will find a baby wrapped in cloths and lying in a manger.” Suddenly a great company of the heavenly host appeared with the angel, praising God and saying, “Glory to God in the highest heaven, and on earth peace to those on whom his favor rests.”