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Welcome to December! As of today, there are 25 days to Christmas. Talk about pressure. Somehow the time between Thanksgiving and the rush of the holiday season comes way too quickly. Seems like there is all this time and then…bam – we at Christmas moving straight into next year.
You might notice some white stuff floating by when you read the blog, don’t fret — it’s not your eyes, it’s snowing and will through the holidays on the blog.
We should all pause and remember what’s important during this season and not get caught up in the commercialization of the holidays. In the words of one of my favorite, wise characters, Linus in that classic of all Christmas shows, A Charlie Brown Christmas:
Charlie Brown: I guess you were right, Linus. I shouldn’t have picked this little tree. Everything I do turns into a disaster. I guess I really don’t know what Christmas is all about.
[shouting in desperation]
Charlie Brown: Isn’t there anyone who knows what Christmas is all about?
Linus Van Pelt: Sure, Charlie Brown, I can tell you what Christmas is all about.
[moves toward the center of the stage]
Linus Van Pelt: Lights, please.
[a spotlight shines on Linus]
Linus Van Pelt: “And there were in the same country shepherds abiding in the field, keeping watch over their flock by night. And lo, the angel of the Lord came upon them, and the glory of the Lord shone round about them: and they were sore afraid. And the angel said unto them, ‘Fear not: for behold, I bring unto you good tidings of great joy, which shall be to all people. For unto you is born this day in the City of David a Savior, which is Christ the Lord. And this shall be a sign unto you; Ye shall find the babe wrapped in swaddling clothes, lying in a manger.’ And suddenly there was with the angel a multitude of the heavenly host, praising God, and saying, ‘Glory to God in the highest, and on earth peace, good will toward men.’”
[Linus picks up his blanket and walks back towards Charlie Brown]
Linus Van Pelt: That’s what Christmas is all about, Charlie Brown.
Indeed Linus, peace on earth and good will — that is the spirit of the season.