Christmas Morning

Merry Christmas! We wish you all a blessed day as we celebrate the Christ child who puts the Christ in Christmas. Without him, there would be no big winter holiday.  No reason to share gifts, he was the gift, received gifts, and gave us gifts—and that is why we give gifts to others on this day.

The old Roman celebration of Saturnalia provided early Christians a holiday where they could openly celebrate the birth Christ unnoticed by Roman authorities. Many of our early Christmas traditions came out of the Roman holiday, and we have continued to add and add them until Christ is almost forgotten on this day. In fact, most Christian families have primarily followed the national trend of reducing the day to just another holiday, complete with Santa Clause as the primary character of the day.

So for non-Christians we say: have a wonderful day of color, gifts, and love in and for you families! We wish you a day of fun and rest from the worries of the rest of the year.

And for Christians we say: remember that Christ was born on this day for a purpose: for life and grace for you. Celebrate him in and among the festivities of your (his) day!

: : by Min
: :  image by Sarah

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Christmas Shopping

Shopping! Today that is the subject on 99% of our minds. Less than a month before Christmas! Can we find what we want, what we need? And the big question—can we get it before anyone else does!

On Thanksgiving we give thanks for all that we have. The day after we turn our minds to greed for all we might get. And yet, there is a midpoint. We can be thankful that we are able to give gifts to others. We live in affluent country and our children tend provide detail lists of what they want to find under the tree.

Online is the easiest way to shop. Just sit back and click around until you find just what you want. No muddy streets or parking blocks and blocks away from the stores. But right there in front of the fire with a hot cocoa beside you.

And you have our link right on this page!
http://bit.ly/VolcanoAlley
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