Charlie Brown finds himself depressed at Christmas time, searching for the true meaning of the holiday amidst the glitz and commercialism of the modern age. He finds his answer in the passage below:
"And there were in the same country shepherds, abiding in the field, keeping watch over their flock by night. And, lo, the angel of the Lord came upon them, and the glory of the Lord shone round about them! And they were sore afraid ... And the angel said unto them, "Fear not! For, behold, I bring you tidings o great joy, which shall be to all my people. For unto you is born this day in the city of David a Saviour, which is Christ, the Lord."
"And this shall be a sign unto you: Ye shall find the babe wrapped in swaddling clothes, lying in a manger." And suddenly, there was with the angel a multitude of the Heavenly Host praising God, and saying, "Glory to God in the Highest, and on Earth peace, and good will toward men."
"That's what Christmas is all about, Charlie Brown." - Linus Van Pelt
I know that we all know this, but sometimes a little reminder is good. Don't get too caught up in the hustle and bustle of shopping, gifts, traffic, last minute planning, parties, and baking, that you forget to take the time to thank our Heavenly Father for sending His only Son to earth, to be born, and eventually die for our sins! After all, that really is what Christmas is all about!!! :)
On another note, I received my first Christmas gift friday! It was absolutely amazing. My dear friend Rachel, who I already mentioned, in an earlier post, as being an awesome handmade gift-giver, came through again! I would put a picture of it up, but she posted about it on her blog, so if you want to see it, check this link out: "Shake Me Up Judy!" The Purist's guide to Dickensian Cooking. Thanks for an amazing gift Rachie!