December 20, 2013

Publisher's Notebook: Searching for the Christmas spirit



The Christmas spirit has hit me sitting on a bale of hay, drinking hot chocolate on a crisp night while listening to Christmas carols echo off the buildings in downtown London.

It has come to me while watching or participating in Christmas specials at church, where special songs and messages direct us to the true meaning of the season—the birth of our savior, Jesus Christ.

This year, despite all the budgets and the deadlines and the extra responsibilities, the spirit touched me Friday night at the Christmas on Main parade. It was a special moment, with an excited grandchild hoisted on my shoulders as we watched the lighted floats and Santa Claus parade by on a crisp, clear night. Seeing Christmas through the eyes of a young child is a good way to catch the holiday spirit.

I got a little emotional Tuesday night while taking out the garbage, of all things. It takes me awhile to take out all our garbage because, even with just two people in the house, we generate more garbage than a hospital. Sometimes it feels like I’m dragging a couple of dead bodies to the curb inside our garbage cans.

I paused outside for a moment and looked up into the sky and saw a perfect full moon. The air was crisp. The stars were twinkling, outshone just a little by the Christmas lights on the neighbor’s house. At that moment, I marveled at scene above me and felt a closeness to God. Great tidings of comfort and joy swept over me.

The spirit of Christmas is waiting for us if we just learn to be still and look for it in unsuspecting places.

Merry Christmas!

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