I know not everyone celebrates Christmas – this is for those who do.
Most people love decorating their homes for Christmas, from a simple tree or a candle in the window to a full blown ‘Griswold’ effect. Some are over the top, cluttering the yard with every plastic snowman, blow up santa, candy cane and gingerbread man ever made. Some are simple. Some are thrown together and some are meticulously put together, with every bulb in line. Driving around in the evening to check them out is always fun.
Churches too are decorated with trees, poinsettias, and nativity scenes both inside and out.
One of the area churches put on a Drive Through Living Nativity the Sunday before Christmas. The church grounds are several wooded acres with a meandering drive leading to the church. I decided to check it out. It was quite well attended, the line of cars waiting to get in was steady and backed up for a few blocks. I thought it was a great idea, and an ambitious undertaking.
In the spirit of the season here is the Bible story of the birth of Jesus.From Luke:
In those days a decree went out from Caesar Augustus that the whole world should be counted.
This was the first census, when Quirinius was governor of
Now there were shepherds in that region living in the fields and keeping the night watch over their flock. The angel of the Lord appeared to them and the glory of the Lord shone around them, and they were struck with great fear. The angel said to them, “Do not be afraid; for behold, I proclaim to you good news of great joy that will be for all the people. For today in the city of
When the angels went away from them to heaven, the shepherds said to one another, “Let us go, then, to
to see this thing that has taken place, which
the Lord has made known to us.” So they went in haste
and found Mary and Joseph, and the infant lying in the manger. Bethlehem
From Matthew:Now when Jesus was born in Bethlehem of Judaea in the days of Herod the king, behold, there came wise men from the east to
When Herod the king had heard these things, he was troubled, and all
When they saw the Star, they rejoiced with exceeding great joy. And when they were come into the house, they saw the young Child with Mary His mother, and fell down, and worshipped Him: and when they had opened their treasures, they presented unto Him gifts; gold, and frankincense, and myrrh.
Merry Christmas Everyone!
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