Merry Christmas!

Merry Christmas!

Well, it’s Christmas Day, and I’m still a few presents short. My Christmas cards will be late, and I have made no cookies. But you know what? It’s OK. It’s OK because, in spite of all that, it’s still Christmas.

The past few weeks I’ve been listening to Christmas music to get me duly prepared for this season—and, quite frankly, to drown out the world for a little while. I pulled out all my Christmas CDs and started putting them on rotation while driving to and from work. For the most part they have served as background noise. The other day, though, I was stopped at a light and started listening to the lyrics of one song in particular. For some reason it hit me that the lyrics seemed a perfect fit at the perfect time. The song was “Welcome to our World,” by Michael W. Smith.

I hope you will take a moment to listen to it—really listen to it—and take in the lyrics. With all that has gone on over the past weeks, months, year, it seems appropriate. Oh, and one last thing. Do me a favor: hug those important to you. Tell them you love them. And have a wonderful and blessed Christmas—despite unbought presents, unsent cards, and unmade cookies.

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About the Author

By day, Susan Hines-Brigger is the managing editor of St. Anthony Messenger. By night, she and her husband, Mark, are the caretakers and social directors for their four kids: Maddie, Alex, Riley, and Kacey.