Regardless of how you feel about all the commercialism and materialism of the holiday, there is no denying that there is much beauty to be found this time of year. And in a world where there is so much evil and corruption and deceit and poverty and death and destruction and general ugliness in our faces 24/7, I think a few moments of beauty like this are good for our spirits. May you be captivated by all the beauty of this season and may it renew hope in your heart again as you keep Christmas.
The following is from a sermon by Peter Marshall called "Let's Keep Christmas" which is a great read if you get a spare moment during the holidays:
"In a world that seems not only to be changing, but even to be dissolving, there are tens of millions of us who want Christmas to be the same . . . with the same old greeting 'Merry Christmas' and no other. We long for the abiding love among men of good will which the season brings . . . believing in this ancient miracle of Christmas with its softening, sweetening influence to tug at our heart strings once again.
We want to hold on to the old customs and traditions because they strengthen our family ties, bind us to our friends, make us one with all mankind for whom the Child was born, and bring us back again to the God Who gave His only begotten son, that 'whosoever believeth in Him should not perish, but have everlasting life.'
So we will not 'spend' Christmas . . .nor 'observe' Christmas. We will 'keep' Christmas -- keep it as it is . . .in all loveliness of its ancient traditions. May we keep it in our hearts, that we may be kept in its hope."