I've been somewhat intrigued by the "magic" of Christmas this year, trying to go beyond the frantic shopping, activities and trying to "get it all done." I must say, watching the Polar Express movie for the very first time brought a tear to my eye at the end when the main character says, "Though I've grown old, the bell (a bell from Santa's sleigh) still rings for me, as it does for all who truly believe."
What really is it that we believe? The story of Santa? In giving? In buying? Gathering? Turning to a familiar story this Christmas has inspired my faith in the true spirit of Christmas. There's Mary, "My soul magnifies the Lord and my spirit rejoices in God my Saviour." Luke 1:46, the shepherds, "glorifying and praising God for all the things they had heard and seen." Luke 2:20 and the magi "when they saw the star they were overjoyed." Matthew 2:10. There is something real, not just to spark the imagination, but events to ignite the heart, soul and spirit. The more I read it, the more something else jumps out at me, and the more miraculous it all seems.
Here's wishing you and yours a magical, wonderous, peaceful and most joy-filled Christmas.