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I know there are religions that celebrate at this darker time of the year to bring light into their lives, but I know of no light that is stronger or more real than the one true God, His Holy Spirit, and His Son. This is not a politically correct statement, but I told you I would be honest. There is no way I can leave this out of the equation, because this is why I celebrate year round, not just at Christmas. Jesus was not born in a palace, but a stable: He comes to each one of us regardless of our station in life: rich and poor, sick and well, young and old, aristocrat and commoner, CEO of a company and CEO of a home (homemaker), whoever you are -- He came for your salvation.
I would be remiss if I did not tell you, you can be joyful and celebrate the season without decorations and fancy feasts. You do not have to decorations, even though they are enjoyable. If all I have is the energy to straighten up my house and do the everyday normal, I am still going to be happy. Can you do that? Can you take joy in what you can do, not focus on what you can't do? What we can do is going to be different for all of us. For many of us, this differs from year to year.
I want a Christmas tree. I want decorations. However, I do not know if I will accomplish this or not. As it draws closer to Christmas, I can see that just a touch of festive decorations may be all I can manage. I will be joyful if I have none and joyful if I have some. I will do what I can do, and I am going to focus on why I do it. I do it to celebrate the birth of my Savior Jesus Christ. Now, I will go eat my late breakfast and be glad I got this straight in my own mind and heart. What's important for you?