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The other day, I put up our Christmas tree while my two-year-old son was napping. When he woke up and I brought him out to the living room, his eyes were full of curiosity, awe and sparkle. He ran over to the tree and started pointing at it and saying, "Chistmas chee Mama, Chistmas chee." He walked around the tree and pointed at the red sparkling snowflakes and the wooden balls arranged about the tree. But his favorite part, were the the lights. He looked at them and smiled and then looked at me and said, "I like the Chistmas lights, Mama." With a lot more oohs and ahhs, he finally concluded by saying, "I love the Chistmas chee, Mama."

This little expression of joy about the Christmas tree made me even more grateful for putting it up. I felt so warmed inside because my son found this to be so special and so exciting! This Christmas will be the first that he will actually be old enough to truly appreciate it. His excitement about Christmas is contagious in a way that seems so appropriate for a celebration marking the birth of our Lord.


It seems that all around us there are "Christmas trees" that light up our lives and create joy. These joys can take on many forms, such as a pristine mountain view or a call from a friend who we have not heard from in a long time. And in much the same way that my little son became so excited by something new and beautiful, we also become transformed into sources of joy for the Lord when we delight in him. Whether it is something as simple as a smile, or as pretty as a newly decorated Christmas tree, joy propels us to create more joy.

Psalm 33:1 says "Sing joyfully to the Lord, you righteous; it is fitting for the upright to praise him."

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