The day is almost here, we hurry to decorate our front door with lights, wreath and garland. Making sure our Christmas tree is all decked out in lights of color and quickly dash off to the stores to get those last minute Christmas gifts. We hurry home and prepare dinner for family and friends and then off to church for the candlelight service.
This day we don't seem to mind as much that we must hurry around, making the last minute stops on our list and creating dishes to please each one at our table.
When we get to the candlelight service, we slow down, and are reminded it isn't about buying presents, preparing food, or decorating trees and front doors. It's about a night, a night that Mary and Joseph could not find room in an inn and had to bed in a stable. It's about a night a bright star shining high above showed three wise men where to come; bearing gifts of gold, frankincense and myrrh. It's about a night Mary gave birth to a baby boy, placed him in a manger and called Him Immanuel, God with us. It was the night Jesus was born.