I love Christmas. I love everything about Christmas—the presents, the lights, the decorations, the parties, the food, the magic, the celebrations, Santa Claus, the shopping, getting together with family and friends. You name it, I love it. I enjoy every last minute of it. I’m like a big kid at Christmas, and I’m proud of it. So I had to laugh when I realized I was able to post my blog on December 25. I’m the perfect Christmas person. Where could I possibly begin? When I think about what to write I begin to fall silent at the greatness of this feast.
One of my best memories of Christmas is midnight Mass on Christmas Eve. All the noise and busyness stops as you go out in the cold and dark. Everything is quiet and the stars shine so brightly. The church is softly lit with Christmas lights and candles and the choir reaches new heights as they sing the beautiful hymns of Christmas.
It is there that the reality of Christmas takes hold of my heart. Christ has come. This prayer from the Office of Readings for Christmas Day says it all:
“Today true peace came down to us from heaven. Today the whole earth was filled with heaven’s sweetness. Today a new day dawns, the day of our redemption, prepared by God from ages past, the beginning of our own never-ending gladness.”
So, I wish you all the joy and happiness of this Christmas day. I wish you good times with family and friends. But most of all, I hope you will find a quiet moment to ponder the amazing gift of God, given to us today: the gift of heaven’s sweetness and the beginning of our never-ending gladness.
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