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Welcome Christmas

December 21, 2011
Wetzel Chronicle

It's crunch time. Only four more days until Christmas. . . that is if you're reading this when the Wetzel Chronicle first comes out on Wednesday morning. If not, your remaining time is less and you're undoubtedly all too aware of its fleeting nature.

It seems like the last few days before the celebration of Christ's birth go by all too quickly. The big day just sneaks up on us, even though we've been bombarded with reminders of it's impending arrival for weeks, some might say months.

When asked throughout December if I'm ready for Christmas, my reply varies. In the beginning I might say cheerily, "Of course not, but I'm working on it!" Mid-December I'm more likely to reply, "I'm doing okay. . . just a few more gifts to find." That's still my reply until just about today when I say, "Oh my goodness! Christmas is Sunday?! But I still need to get those last few gifts and they need to be wrapped. I still need to send out that package and now it will just have to be late. I don't even think I have time for baking any cookies. And of course the house needs to be cleaned before Christmas morning video can be taken or photos snapped. . . not to mention relatives visiting! Oh, where did the time go?!"

Then I breathe.

I remember that all of that is just the trimmings. Sure, it looks nice, tastes yummy, and creates merriment, but the reason for Christmas-the mashed potatoes and turkey to all that gravy-is the birth of Jesus Christ.

He doesn't care if we're prepared; he only asks that we welcome him into our lives. So this Christmas, don't sweat the details. Just make room for the Christ child, the most important guest at your Christmas celebration.



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