Do you have the Christmas spirit?
And she brought forth her firstborn son, and wrapped him in swaddling clothes, and laid him in a manger; because there was no room for them in the inn.
—Luke 2:7 (KJV)
My siblings and I used to ask each other this question every year. The Christmas spirit wasn’t automatic. It wasn’t connected to a date on the calendar. It was a mood. A feeling. A sense that Christmas was coming and you were excited about it. My brother would say, “It just doesn’t seem like Christmas until it snows.” A sister would say, “I just can’t get into the Christmas spirit this year.” But one day, someone would come home from the shopping center and say, “They were playing Christmas carols in Filene’s! That really put me in the Christmas spirit.” Later, we’d see the Christmas banners on the light posts downtown and the decorations in church. We started buying presents for each other. We put up our tree. Mom pulled out the Bing Crosby record and started baking treats and the kitchen smelled wonderful.
We put the manger scene on the table in the hall. Mom would read us the Christmas story, “… And she brought forth her firstborn son, and wrapped him in swaddling clothes, and laid him in a manger; because there was no room for them in the inn.” Now we had the Christmas spirit! It wasn’t the sights, the sounds, the smells, or the activities. In the end, it was the baby in the manger that really got us into the Christmas spirit.
Our prayer for you is that these quotes, songs, and Scriptures, (along with the sights, sounds and smells) will point you to the baby in the manger and help you to find the Christmas spirit. — Lt. Colonel Patricia LaBossiere
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