The waiting is over! 

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The hope, peace, joy, and love of the four Sundays of Advent lead us to today: the celebration of the birth of Jesus.

For over 1,500 years, the church has celebrated Advent beginning four Sundays before Christmas Day and ending at the stroke of midnight on Christmas Eve (technically, that would be Christmas Day, of course). 

Then we’d have twelve days of Christmas. By the way, that’s what the song “The Twelve Days of Christmas” refers to: one gift (or set of gifts!) for each of the twelve days of the Christmas season. Now you can win that trivia game you’re playing with your family tonight.

We now join the cloud of witnesses of those who have gone before us as we celebrate the Gift of Jesus.  Christmas doesn’t END today, it BEGINS!

But it’s not just about the number of days on a calendar. I really don’t care if you celebrate for twelve days, two days, or three months (but for the sake of your neighbors, you might want to take down your outside lights before the end of January).

No, it’s not about the calendar; it’s about us living in the reality of Christmas.

Take time today to reflect on this question: “What changed since Christmas?”  Not only is that a great book by the late Dr. D. James Kennedy, but it is also an appropriate question to reflect on during this season.

What has changed in your life as a result of what we celebrate? 

If Jesus has been born in your heart, do you live this way? 

Is Christmas just a secular holiday for you or does it actually remind you of Easter?  Oh yes…Easter.  Without Easter, Christmas has no meaning.

“There have been many babies to become kings, but only one King became a baby.” (“One King” Words and Music by David Phelps © 2007 Wordspring Music)

From my family to yours: Have a very merry Christmas.

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We’ll be returning to our study of the Gospel of John on January 5.