I love the holiday season and especially Christmas—the sound of bells ringing, shiny things sparkling. The warmth of friends and families. Smiles, laughter and joy. Everyone seems a little kinder to each other, even to strangers.
You and I know the reason for this is because of the light of Jesus shining in our hearts. It’s infectious. Let’s work to make it infectious all year round! (But that’s another topic.)
One of my favorite things about Christmas is the stories—you know, books and movies and tall tales shared around the fireplace.
Christmas movies and books and stories abound, especially now that there is Netflix and the Hallmark channel. Ha! I enjoyed The Christmas Candle (Netflix) just the other night. A wonderful story about faith and miracles. I love to laugh while watching A Christmas Story with Darren McGavin. Will Farrell has made classic Christmas movie history with Elf. Hilarious and over-the-top.
When I was a girl, there were really only two Christmas stories, at least that I was aware of.
Twas the Night Before Christmas—Where I could read about Santa Claus.
Luke Chapter Two–Where I could read about the birth of Jesus.
As a very young child, I was more than excited and not a little terrified at the thought of a big fat guy in a red suit creeping into my living room. But hey, he was putting toys under the tree!
Still, nothing meant more to me than the gift of Jesus I received in my heart, the light that burned bright in my spirit when I read the story in Luke.
I read it so often, in fact, that I could recite it form heart—not an intentional memorization, mind you, just my love for the story.
The story of the birth of Jesus—the true reason for the season. I love reading this in the King James Version—it’s so poetic. Wouldn’t you agree?
Luke 2:1-20 King James Version (KJV)
2 And it came to pass in those days, that there went out a decree from Caesar Augustus that all the world should be taxed.
2 (And this taxing was first made when Cyrenius was governor of Syria.)
3 And all went to be taxed, every one into his own city.
4 And Joseph also went up from Galilee, out of the city of Nazareth, into Judaea, unto the city of David, which is called Bethlehem; (because he was of the house and lineage of David:)
5 To be taxed with Mary his espoused wife, being great with child.
6 And so it was, that, while they were there, the days were accomplished that she should be delivered.
7 And she brought forth her firstborn son, and wrapped him in swaddling clothes, and laid him in a manger; because there was no room for them in the inn.
8 And there were in the same country shepherds abiding in the field, keeping watch over their flock by night.
9 And, lo, the angel of the Lord came upon them, and the glory of the Lord shone round about them: and they were sore afraid.
10 And the angel said unto them, Fear not: for, behold, I bring you good tidings of great joy, which shall be to all people.
11 For unto you is born this day in the city of David a Saviour, which is Christ the Lord.
12 And this shall be a sign unto you; Ye shall find the babe wrapped in swaddling clothes, lying in a manger.
13 And suddenly there was with the angel a multitude of the heavenly host praising God, and saying,
14 Glory to God in the highest, and on earth peace, good will toward men.
15 And it came to pass, as the angels were gone away from them into heaven, the shepherds said one to another, Let us now go even unto Bethlehem, and see this thing which is come to pass, which the Lord hath made known unto us.
16 And they came with haste, and found Mary, and Joseph, and the babe lying in a manger.
17 And when they had seen it, they made known abroad the saying which was told them concerning this child.
18 And all they that heard it wondered at those things which were told them by the shepherds.
19 But Mary kept all these things, and pondered them in her heart.
20 And the shepherds returned, glorifying and praising God for all the things that they had heard and seen, as it was told unto them.
Share with me in the comment section one of your favorite Christmas stories or movies that you’ve enjoyed this season or plan to watch, and enter the drawing for my Christmas story–Texas Christmas Defender–Newly Released This Month!
TARGETED AT CHRISTMAS
After earning the wrath of her brother, a notorious drug kingpin, Adriana Garcia has been in deep hiding on a remote Texas llama ranch. But when Texas Ranger Brent McCord manages to find her—leading her brother’s men right to her—Adriana discovers she’s a suspect in the murder of a border patrol agent. The handsome, principled ranger, whose life she once saved during a dangerous sting operation, intends to bring her in for questioning…and protection. To prove her innocence, Adriana has to trust Brent with the truth, her heart and her life. Because her brother and his henchman have the ranch surrounded, and Brent’s all that’s keeping this Christmas from turning deadly.
Many blessings and Merry Christmas!