First a bit about the reason for the season:
In those days a decree went out from Caesar Augustus
that the whole world should be enrolled.
This was the first enrollment,
when Quirinius was governor of Syria.
So all went to be enrolled, each to his own town.
And Joseph too went up from Galilee from the town of Nazareth
to Judea, to the city of David that is called Bethlehem,
because he was of the house and family of David,
to be enrolled with Mary, his betrothed, who was with child.
While they were there,
the time came for her to have her child,
and she gave birth to her firstborn son.
She wrapped him in swaddling clothes and laid him in a manger,
because there was no room for them in the inn.
Now there were shepherds in that region living in the fields
and keeping the night watch over their flock.
The angel of the Lord appeared to them
and the glory of the Lord shone around them,
and they were struck with great fear.
The angel said to them,
“Do not be afraid;
for behold, I proclaim to you good news of great joy
that will be for all the people.
For today in the city of David
a savior has been born for you who is Christ and Lord.
And this will be a sign for you:
you will find an infant wrapped in swaddling clothes
and lying in a manger.”
And suddenly there was a multitude of the heavenly host with the angel,
praising God and saying:
“Glory to God in the highest
and on earth peace to those on whom his favor rests.”
A merry Christmas to all of you! Remember, do count your blessings; remember that there literal billions worse off than you; give thanks to God for all things and let us pray for a good New Year.
Merry Christmas everyone!
Best wishes to all of you. This little community of good people has become very special to me and I wish all of you a very happy Christmas.
Merry Christmas to you as well, Amazona!
Just read a little article stating that George and Laura Bush would hole up at Camp David just prior to and over Christmas—–so that as many staff as possible could spend the holiday with their families. I never thought about it, but it is true that when a president travels his support group is working, so when Obama heads out for HIS Christmas vacation (so necessary with so few vacations and golf days slotted into his schedule) he is depriving dozens if not hundreds of people of holiday time with their families.
The Obama’s don’t seem to care too much about the staff – to be sure, I think all of us have at times been unmindful of those who take care of us in large and small matters…but in contrast, the Bush’s did always seem to have a mind for that sort of thing