Krista's willingness to openly declare 'the Emperor has no clothes' - that the way we've come to celebrate Christmas as a major spending spree - speaks to the heart of the matter of why this is NOT what Christmas is. While I still celebrate Christmas it is with a constant effort to not let the material celebration overshadow the spiritual - the birth of the Christ, God's only 'begotten' into the world of fallen humanity. With commemoration of this long-promised event we are reminded that this birth is also meant to be fulfilled in us as we recognize God as the father of the Christ and our father as the Christ is born in us. I love this quote from Victoria Safford, a Unitarian Universalist Minister, "We already possess all the gifts we need; we've already received our presents: ears to hear music, eyes to behold lights, hands to build true peace on earth and to hold each other tight in love." Let us keep this Christmas in our hearts and in our lives.
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