It is hard to believe that Christmas 2020 is only nine days away! If you are like most people this Christmas may be looking quite different from most Christmases past. Our family tradition since having grown children is for everyone to gather at our house for Christmas brunch clad in Christmas pjs, and last year even matching reindeer antlers! Each family contributes their favorite foods and we eat way too much. Following brunch Patrick reads the Christmas story from Luke, although I’m not sure how attentive some are since they are anticipating the gifts that follow – but we try! Gifts are opened with lots of fun and laughter and more memories are stored in our hearts. This year we have all decided that cramming 19 or 20 people into our den would not be a wise choice, thanks to a certain virus we all know and vehemently dislike. So . . . our oldest daughter, Lori, and her family will stay in Murfreesboro. Our other two daughters, Andrea and Amy, will celebrate at their homes with the possibility of visiting with us later in the day outside if the weather permits. Patrick and I will be alone together on Christmas morning for the first time ever!! Yes, I am sad about all these changes because family traditions make treasured memories. However, Christmas – the real Christmas has not changed at all for over 2000 years! The Jesus whom we worship as our Savior and King, “is the same yesterday and today and forever” (Hebrews 13:8) as Brother Chad reminded us in his sermon last Sunday. The way we celebrate may be different, but the One we celebrate remains the same. As we prepare for this Christmas, may we be reminded in various ways of the One we celebrate. When we see the beautiful Christmas lights, let us remember that Jesus is the Light of the World (John 8:12). As we put out our nativity, remember that Jesus is the Good Shepherd (John 10:11) and the Lamb of God (John 1:29) as well as the Only Begotten Son of God (John 3:16). As we eat our meals during this season, may we recall that He is the Bread of Life (John 6:35) and the Living Water (John 4:10). When we put a wreath or decoration on our door, let us think about Jesus being the Door to salvation (John 10:9). Looking up at the sky on a clear, cold winter night, we see a myriad of stars and remember that we follow the Bright Morning Star (Revelation 22:16). We hear reports on the news almost daily about the high stress levels and increased suicide rate since this pandemic has rocked our world. We can find peace in our Redeemer (Job 19:25) and Wonderful Counselor (Isaiah 9:6) and pray that others will come to know Him as well. Regardless of how you celebrate Christmas this year, may you find joy in the One whose birth, death, and resurrection has given us the greatest gift of all – eternal life. Merry Christmas!