Christmas\r\n\r\nMerry Christmas.\r\n\r\nNot Happy Holidays.\r\n\r\nPlease do not take Christ out of Christmas.\r\n\r\nChristmas is a time of love and giving.\r\n\r\nGod\u2019s gift of love \u2013 His son, Jesus.\r\n\r\nGifts throughout the years are treasured. It is the thought, not the price tag.\r\n\r\nTo this day I have gifts I received in the past. They bring me joy when I think of the giver.\r\n\r\nDuring early childhood, we received apples, oranges and candy \u2013 peppermint canes and chocolate drops.\r\n\r\nUntil I outgrew baby dolls, I cherished my soft cuddly doll. The dolls of that day were not fancy dolls with name brands and high price tags.\r\n\r\nThe boys of my early years were into cowboy outfits and toy guns.\r\n\r\nThey pretended to shoot, but only at the bad guys.\r\n\r\nDecorating and bringing in a tree at Christmastime was always fun.\r\n\r\nWe have traveled to tree lots that sold trees or cut down one in the woods. They varied from the perfect tree to the Charlie Brown variety.\r\n\r\nDecorations consisted of strings of popcorn or rings of colorful construction paper. No candles, though. I\u2019m not that old.\r\n\r\nNow we have beautiful decorations and colorful lights. Ornaments often have great sentimental value, and hanging each one helps us remember its story and the giver.\r\n\r\nChristmas is a time for greetings \u2013 cards, calls, connecting with others, many of whom we only write to or hear from once a year.\r\n\r\nChristmas is a time for parties, family dinners and get togethers with friends.\r\n\r\nIt is a time for church plays and programs with special music and young children reciting verses or as actors, retelling the Christmas story. There is always lots of love and laughter.\r\n\r\nDo not forget Santa Claus, he always makes an appearance to give out small gifts to excited children.\r\n\r\nMany memories flood my soul and touch my heart.\r\n\r\nMany changes have taken place over the years, but at Christmastime, I often slip back in time to remember the gifts and joys of the past.\r\n\r\nMay you enjoy your day.\r\n\r\nGod bless.