With a mere week before Christmas day, Ray and I scamper around organizing gifts for our 19 grand and great-grandchildren. Some gifts are bought, some ordered, and some still only good intentions. We’ll spend the coming week and maybe the week after that wrapping and watching the unwrapping, looking for reactions that say we made good choices.

This year, our decorating is minimal. In the past, every room in the house said Christmas in bows and trees and sparkles. It’s so much fun! And it’s so much work! Sometimes, though, minimal has more to say.

The things that were taken out of convenient boxes now shine, being so few. By day, the toys surrounding the mantle speak joy, as the letters do. By night, the large star in the window proclaims to the world that we remember the birth of Jesus, announced by angels and a brilliant star.

This is what we want to speak of in our decorating, the wonderful gift of God, His Son, coming to earth to bring us joy and salvation. My Christmas wish is that you will open your heart and let God’s gift bring this hope to you.


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