“He who has not Christmas in his heart will never find it under a tree” – Roy L. Smith. Roy L. Smith was an American clergyman who authored several books in the 1940’s. I like this saying because it makes you stop and disassociate the commercial side of Christmas from what is really important in the Holiday – celebrating the birth of Jesus.
While we tend to focus a lot on the commercial aspects of Christmas and on family and children and presents; Christmas is really one of two Holidays each year that is really not about us. The other is Easter.
Those two days of the year, more that any others are really about what happened over two thousand years ago - one celebrating the birth of Jesus and the other celebrating his resurrection from the death that he suffered to atone for our sins.
If one first keeps those things in their hearts and mind, then whatever we find under our trees or in our baskets are just incidental bonuses – the real gifts were given long ago and they are free to all who will allow them into their hearts. Merry Christmas everyone.