Monday, December 24, 2007

Merry Christmas!

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Nativity SceneWhen Rome was a great Empire ruled by Caesar Augustus and Israel was governed by King Herod, in the village of Nazareth lived Joseph and Mary. Joseph was a carpenter and Mary was a young virgin who would become his wife. Mary told Joseph of a dream in which she was visited by an angel who told her she had been chosen to bear the Son of God and his name was to be Jesus.

One day the emperor sent notice that all persons were to register for a new tax. They were instructed to return to the towns of their birth. Joseph and Mary left Nazareth for Bethlehem. Mary who was with child, and close to the birth, rode on a donkey while Joseph walked beside her. They traveled for many days and only rested at night.

When they reached Bethlehem it was night. They looked for a place to rest but there were no empty rooms when they reached the inn. As they were being turned away Joseph mentioned his wife was with child and close to birth. The inn keeper took pity on them and told them of some caves in the nearby hills that shepherds would stay with their cows and sheep.

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It is also a time for joy, eating, drinking, and exchanging gifts. However, let's remember it is not about exchanging gifts, it is about much more. Think about helping someone less fortunate than yourselves this season.

Let's try and remember that Christmas is about celebrating the birth of Jesus by being more "Christ like." So remember that, when you are dealing with your family over the holidays; which sometimes tries our patience. ;)

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