As foretold by the angel Gabriel, she brought forth her firstborn son and wrapped him in swaddling clothes, and laid him in a manger because there was no room for them at the inn. And there were in the same country shepherds abiding in the field, keeping watch over their flock by night. And, lo, the angel of the Lord came upon them: and they were sore afraid. The angel brought great tidings of great joy to the shepherds that a Saviour, which is Christ the Lord has been born.
The birth that night brought light into our lives of Hope for our salvation. Through him all things are possible because in him was life; and the life was the light of men.
I love Christmas and Santa Claus. To me, they are definitely two separate events. There are many stories about St. Nick who gave Christmas to children. There is also a baby born that gave Christmas to all mankind. I remember and celebrate both, Happy Birthday Jesus AND Merry Christmas. (I never X the Christ out of Christmas).
As we head into this holiday season, I pray all families everywhere are blessed with the Christmas spirit and loving hearts abound.