This post is reblogged because it helps us to focus upon the true wonder of Christmas. Thank you for subscribing to my blog. I know that I haven’t written lately, but I do hope to remedy that soon. May each of you have a blessed Christmas.
Christmas in Johannesburg, South Africa in 1983 was quite different for our family of three. I had always been accustomed to cold weather and snow in Michigan. In Johannesburg, it was the middle of the summer. What could we do special with our toddler? We ventured out one evening to nearby Joubert Park to see the annual Christmas displays. We were surprised that the displays had nothing to do with Christmas. Each display depicted a fairy tale story. What did the Three Blind Mice and Little Jack Horner have to do with Christmas? Where was Jesus in the manger? Where was the Christmas music? Finally, in a quiet corner, we found the manger scene lost in the midst of the fairy tales.
Today, those displays remind me of how easy it is to forget Jesus in the midst of all the activity, lights, music and shopping of the season…
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