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You won't hear me say bah humbug, I enjoy Christmas and so do my children,
but the real connoisseur of Christmas in our home is Susan. She loves the
season, and I love watching her love it.
Right after Thanksgiving, the decorations go up. On the fireplace mantel
Susan hangs the stockings and scatters various decorations throughout the
house. On the sofa table is a Christmas village of individual ceramic,
hand painted houses that she's purchased over the years. She'd save her
money, then buy them one house at a time. She has an entire village, complete
with a school house, a bank and a church with "Pastor Jim" painted on the
Most years, Susan puts the tree up herself and trims the tree to perfection.
Slowly, she's replaced all the multi-colored lights and ornaments we bought
when we were younger with white lights and gold ornaments. The only exceptions
are the ornaments that the kids' grandparents have given them each year
that mark their Christmases. When she gets done with the tree, I've got
to admit, it is a sight to behold.
On the top of the tree is a beautiful gold angel. Now I know that the
world is divided by those who place a star on the top of the tree and those
who place an angel there-we're angel people.
Both are beautiful reminders of the Christmas story, a story that brings
more than a warm feeling of family togetherness and seasonal joy-a story
about how God became man and brought Salvation into the world.
Luke 2:10-11 NASB "And the angel said to them, 'Do not be afraid; for
behold, I bring you good news of a great joy which shall be for all the
people;  for today in the city of David there has been born for you
a Savior, who is Christ the Lord.'"
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