Have yourself a very Merry Christmas

For my friends at Reading with God.

Have yourself a very Merry Christmas

It’s the final week before Christmas and all through the house, not a creature is resting, not even a mouse.

This is the most stressful time of the year, with parties, shopping, wrapping of presents, cooking, traveling, and all of the other preparations to make this “the best holiday ever.” Take a moment to relax and un-stress. This was never meant to be the busiest time of the year. It was meant to be a time of reflection and introspection and to remember that one was born who taught us that the most important thing of all is love.

Yes, Christmas has become a retail holiday. Yes, Christmas has become a secular holiday. Yes, Christmas has become a holiday of family gatherings when a lot of pressure is heaped on the shoulders of a few to make the many happy. But that’s not what Christmas is really about.

Christmas is about the birth of Jesus, who came into the world to teach us what love is and to share that love. To love God with all of our heart, mind, and soul, and to love our neighbor as ourselves. Even when they do things that upset us.

So this week, may you know the love of God. May you know the love of your family, friends, and neighbors. And thus, may you have yourself a very Merry Christmas.

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