Christmas Time by Robert Timothy Cole

What a wonderful time of year- Christmas. Hearts are light. People are generous and warm-hearted.  A time of togetherness and love. Decorations, trees, parties, shopping, plays and dramas, family dinners and get together, caroling, gift giving, rich foods all help make Christmas a special time of year.


Hearts of both children and adults yearn for such a time with great expectation and anticipation. When I was a child we would have Santa Claus Christmas morning. (My favorite Christmas was the year I got a fire truck). Then we would go to Mama Johnston’s house, sometimes in the snow.
We would eat a sumptuous meal, sing carols around the piano, and exchange gifts. The thrill of the day was when Granddaddy gave us all a crisp new dollar bill in a fancy Christmas envelope.

There are treats we have at no other time of year. Peppermint cake. Chocolate drops eaten together with country hoop cheese. An orange with a hole cut in the top and the juice sucked through an old fashion sugar stick candy for a straw. Dr. Pepper heated up with a twist of lemon. Every family has its own sweet treats and unique traditions that make Christmas endearing. Christmas is still my favorite time of year.

In all the festivities, busyness and fun, let us take time to meditate on what Christmas is really all about. Let’s remember the reason we are celebrating. A world lying in darkness. A star that shone bright in the night sky. A stable. A manger. A baby born. Emmanuel – God with us.

The Word of God made flesh and dwelling among us. The long promised Messiah arriving in person. Love personified. The life-giver coming to give His life so that we might have life eternal. The light shining in the darkness and the darkness has never been able to overcome Him.
Isaiah 9:6-7 KJV “Unto us a child is born. Unto us a Son is given. His name shall be called Jesus for He shall save His people from their sin. He is Wonderful, Counselor, Mighty God, Everlasting Father, Prince of Peace. Of His kingdom there shall be no end!”

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