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Yeah!  It’s December and before we know it Christmas will arrive.  This year many of my neighbors already had their Christmas lights up and twinkling brightly prior to Thanksgiving.

Time is always moving and with Christmas quickly approaching time will begin moving even faster as we try to finish last-minute shopping, bake (and eat!) tons of cookies, decorate our homes, monitor our spending and gift wrap our presents.

The Christmas season can also be a time of reminiscing over things you did last year or in years past, honoring old family traditions, or remembering our special loved ones who are no longer with us to celebrate.

As you prepare for Christmas this year, stay focused and pace yourself in order to savor and enjoy the season and your loved ones.  By doing this it enhances the fun of the Christmas season and helps offset potentially becoming burned out or irritable from the hustle and bustle and frenzied demands and anxieties of the season.

Spread cheer with a Christmas basket to a neighbor who is shut-in.  Invite a co-worker who can’t afford to visit their family over for cookies and cocoa.  Share a kind word with a friend who leans toward depression and discomfort every Christmas.  Loving actions always leave an impact, especially at Christmas time.

Remember, the ultimate focus for the Christmas season is Jesus.  Let His peace penetrate your heart and actions this Christmas.

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The Birth of Jesus the Messiah

18 This is how Jesus the Messiah was born. His mother, Mary, was engaged to be married to Joseph. But before the marriage took place, while she was still a virgin, she became pregnant through the power of the Holy Spirit.19 Joseph, her fiancé, was a good man and did not want to disgrace her publicly, so he decided to break the engagement quietly.  20 As he considered this, an angel of the Lord appeared to him in a dream. “Joseph, son of David,” the angel said, “do not be afraid to take Mary as your wife. For the child within her was conceived by the Holy Spirit. 21 And she will have a son, and you are to name him Jesus, for he will save his people from their sins.”  22 All of this occurred to fulfill the Lord’s message through his prophet:  23 “Look! The virgin will conceive a child!  She will give birth to a son, and they will call him Immanuel, which means ‘God is with us.’”  24 When Joseph woke up, he did as the angel of the Lord commanded and took Mary as his wife.  25 But he did not have sexual relations with her until her son was born. And Joseph named him Jesus.  ~ Matthew 1:18-25 (NLT)