Christmas is setting aside a season of gratitude for the Christ child, God's only son. It is not important to me so much the exact date of when He was born, but rather an observance to be celebrated because of it's magnitude. It's a time that hopefully is a teaching time with a favorite church play like "From the Manger to the Cross". A season that brings warmth and merriment. A season you hope lasts all year round of giving (not necessarily gifting). It's a hope in my heart that mankind will have a heart for the poor, a song of joy, of praise to God, the smile of a child, and the message of Good News for a hurting and lost world. It's a time of sharing, giving and serving and remembering our lives are not our own. It's a time to recognize the hurting because suicide increases this time of year. It's a time to cherish your family being available - not for the gifts but because you love them. It's a time for children to dream and wish. It's a time to be a good steward of the money God blessed you with by not going into harmful debt. It's a season of prayer for your family, the Troops and your Country. It's a time to pray for Israel. Christmas is not one thing for me, but many. Sometimes it is sadness because you see others misusing it to take and not give, but still there is the Hope in Christ that brings eternal life. Nothing can take that away - even in a country turning communistic. Christmas is love, joy and peace, but things we should never take for granted.