I'd like to post about how important it's become to me to keep things simple.
I'd like to post about the years I spent in Germany visiting the Christkindlesmarkt in Nurnberg: the handmade wooden toys, the ornaments, the lebkuchen (gingerbread) were all out of fairy tales!
I'd like to post about the creche my father made me when I was eight. Every year I put it out I remember the way my son would place baby Jesus in the camel's hump until Christmas Day when He was "born".
But, the most important thing I'd like to post about is the purpose of Christmas.
The Purpose of Christmas
"If you feel that Christmas has become nothing more than a source of emotional and financial stress...If somewhere along the line you lost "the reason for the season"...You need to read this powerful little book! Regardless of your background, religion, problems or circumstances, Christmas really is the best news you could get. In his powerful yet compassionate voice, Rick Warren explains how God designed Christmas to meet your three deepest needs and how understanding and receiving God's three Christmas gifts to you will transform your life forever."
Of course, this excerpt begs the questions "What are my three deepest needs?" and "What are God's three Christmas gifts to me?" (Any guesses?)
If I told you that there'd be little reason for you to read the book, and therefore hardly a reason for me to give it away. So, leave a comment if you're interested in a chance to receive this book as my present to you.
Once it's given away to a name I pull from the comments, I'll get back to you with the answers to those questions.
Until then, Froliche Weinachten! Bon Natale! Joyeux Noel! Merry Christmas to all of you, each one!