Reading: Luke 2: 21-40
Close your eyes. Around you the smell of a freshly cut Christmas tree is only overpowered by the aroma of a turkey dinner cooking in the kitchen. This morning, the sounds of children opening gifts from Santa overpowered the beautiful strains of familiar carols playing on the radio. As you look at your surroundings, your heart is warmed by the sight of family and friends gathered to celebrate the holiday with you. It’s the most wonderful time of the year. Christmas is when we all once again learn that it is truly in the giving we receive; when the cold outdoors is forgotten as we feel the warmth of those around us who are truly in a spirit that unfortunately usually only lasts a month or so.
Often, I am transported back to the days of old when I see, hear, or smell something familiar. When I see old friends, I remember the times that we spent, doing wild and crazy things, sharing our lives. When I hear a certain song on the radio, I remember those old high school days when my biggest worry was what I got on my calculus test. And, when I smell a home-cooked turkey dinner, I remember Christmases of old, sitting on dad’s lap listening to “The Night Before Christmas,” not being able to sleep early Christmas morning, and tearing open packages that were magically placed under the tree.
May you make some memories this holiday season. –Chad Hershberger, Camp Mount Luther Director
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