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The story of Christmas has always elicited hope in me. My family raised my brother and I without faith or religion, but I knew around Christmas time there was something different. My parents, along with many people who did not consider themselves Christians, would get out a tree, sing sacred carols, and tell us the story of baby Jesus. I suppose they would say it was tradition, or perhaps something educational to learn about. In any case, I clung onto the story and the joy that seemed to appear each year around Christmas.

My father was gone a lot on business trips but the one holiday he never missed was Christmas. He would go to great lengths to make the holiday fun by drawing reindeer hoof prints by the fireplace with ashes from the fire. We came together and thought more about each other than ourselves. My brother and I looked forward to this holiday every year. I remember wondering why my family celebrated Christmas, but never went to church like my friends did. My parents told me that they went to church as children, but they did not want to go anymore. Since my parents would not take me to church, I began to ask my friends about their churches and asked if I could go to church with their families. I was able to attend church with different friend's families on Christmas Eve for several years before I actually became a Christian myself.

Happy Birthday, Jesus

I have been a Christian for many years now. I still love the story of Jesus' birth and I am learning how to pass down that joy to my own children. I think one of the most convincing parts of this season is the focus on Jesus. I've been listening to the local Christian radio station that has been playing Christmas music and I heard a song that makes me cry every time I hear it. It is a recording of a song called “Happy Birthday Jesus,” by the Brooklyn Tabernacle Choir. The main theme of the song focuses on the fact that of course there are all these wonderful things to enjoy at Christmas time such as decorations and presents, and goodies to eat, but really it is all about Jesus.

For as long as I can remember, Christmas has been a time too look beyond all the stuff and find something more. I have found that something more in Jesus, He puts the hope in the holiday season.

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